Last week I had the opportunity to meet Eugenio Derbez. I was so excited I jumped out of my seat at the opportunity to take a picture with him. It is important to note that I rarely, if ever, take photographs or ask for autographs. For Eugenio Derbez I would make an unusual exception.
For those of you who do not know who Eugenio Derbez is, a little background. Derbez is an actor, producer and one of Mexico's best comedians. He has long been a regular on Spanish comedies, most of which he produced. He is not the kind of guy who you would expect to crossover, mostly because comedy is traditionally very cultural. But when Eugenio Derbez wrote, directed and starred in the surprise hit "Instructions Not Included," he became an overnight sensation.
The movie, about a playboy who becomes a father when a former girlfriend abandons a baby girl at his door, cost about $5 million to make but made over $45 million. More importantly the movie showed Hollywood the power of a Latino audience. Maybe now we will see more movies where Latinos are not relegated to playing: gardeners, drug dealers or gang members. What they want is well-written, well-produced, entertaining movies, where Latinos are more than just a stereotype.