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Old 01-13-2006, 05:20 AM   #1
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Exclamation Exclusive: The First Review Of El Cantante (script)



An critic could read complete the script of the movie "El Cantante" and said that was very good and that to be the best character than has done Jennifer Lopez, that the Jennifer of the starts he returned that that gave tremendous action in "Selena", "U-Turn" and "Out OF Sight".

The story in El Cantante is told from Puchi’s point of view. The script takes place in 2002 and opens in her tenement apartment in the Bronx as she listens to Héctor on the cassette deck. She leaves the apartment and goes to where the old Fania Records headquarters was for an interview. The first set pictures from Hollywood Tuna shows an older Puchi in front of an electronics store, right before she enters Fania Records as she looks across at

PUCHI
He didn’t know how much he had…never
believed how much people loved him.
He had it all…and he had me…for more
than twenty years. Was it love? What is?
One thing I know; it was special…and when
you looked at us, you saw something…so maybe
it was. I thought so. I did. Our life was like a dream.

The next scene takes us back and shows us how Puchi held it down. We flashback to her getting dolled up for a night on the town in her bedroom from the time her and Héctor lived on 55th street. She leaves the bedroom grabbing a man’s white suit as she enters the living room and leaves with COOKIE, one of Héctor’s assistants for an ugly mission. She tells her son TITO on the way out that she expects him home when she returns. Puchi and Cookie leave the high-rise apartment building and enter a waiting limo. The limo takes them down to another world full of junkies and predators on the trash-ridden streets of Losiada on 9th street and Avenue C. The limo stops in front of a squatter’s tenement building. The lookout guy let’s Puchi in.

PUCHI
Love is never perfect when it is real love…
we were meant for each other for better
or worse. We both knew that…and I don’t mean
it like today’s soulmate type of s*h*i*t…nah.
It was old fashioned love. It was good,
it was bad, it was beautiful.

Puchi passes a line of junkies and another lookout guy and makes it all the way up to the shooting gallery on the 2nd floor. Three unshaven, stoned men, dressed in dirty sweat suits, sit on a couch, one wearing sunglasses. The table in front of them is covered in drug gear. Puchi struts in. Everyone freezes except the guy wearing the sunglasses, who waves…and smiles, unable to to disguise the absurdity of playing dead with so much to live for. It’s Héctor. Just a tad surprised.

The limo flies uptown. Puchi and Cookie get to work on Héctor like a make over Pit crew. Off comes the stinky running jacket. Out comes an electric shaver, hairbrush, toothbrush.

Meanwhile, at a backstage office JERRY MASUCCI is once again pissed at Héctor and points his finger at RALPH MERCADO who informs Jerry that Elvis is in the building.

In an arena hallway, people rush down a long corridor. The intro to the title of the film and Lavoe’s famous song penned by Ruben Blades, El Cantante, kicks in and is heard from the stage as our man Héctor walks down the corridor, everyone slapping him on the back, like a boxer going into the ring. Héctor enters the stage at Madison Square Garden, as casual as stepping into his living room. As he turns, he sees what awaits him: 20,000 fans cheering. They stand up for him as he shuffles to center stage.

MAN
(s*i*n*g*i*n*g)
Yo soy, Hector Lavoe and…
(with a grin)
I’m here!

Thunderous APPLAUSE follows. The BAND goes into second gear as he continues to sing. Hector made it. He takes a glance off stage, to the wings, he sees Puchi. He smiles at her. The world is his…tonight. He kicks off the first verse of: “El Cantante.”

HECTOR S*I*N*G*I*N*G
“Yo, soy el cantante…”

The faces in the audience: sheer adulation. Héctor spreads his arms to his thousands of adoring fans. The Puerto Rican flag spreads out in the balcony. The crowd cheers as the flag dances…a subtle but defining political party, live from New York City.

PUCHI
The more he grew as an artist, the
deeper he sank as a person, as a
human being…but they loved him.
All his faults and trouble…only
made him more like one of them.

And that is just the first seven pages! Boricuas young and old are gonna lose their mind when this movie opens. What this script does is take you back to the bygone era when salsa was king in New York City during the 60s and 70s. When there were Latin nightclubs on every street corner and when the Fania All Stars were just that – the All Stars.

The script covers all the bases of Héctor’s life both good and bad. Those salsa fans whom already know the Héctor Lavoe story will be familiar with it. It’s all here - his conflict with his father when Héctor sang in his father’s band and Papi didn’t want Héctor to go to New York because he already lost a son - Héctor’s early days when he crashed in his sister’s PRISICILLA’s pad - when Héctor first met a wooed Puchi - Priscilla’s grilling of Puchi is here too. That ethnic rivalry that exists between Puerto Ricans born on the island and Puerto Ricans born in New York City is in there – especially in those two excellent scenes between Priscilla and Puchi early and later in the script. Héctor’s early performances are here. Of course his legendary meeting of JOHNNY PACHECO and introduction and teaming up with the badass WILLIE COLON who is here in his full New York Latin street swagger (just like yours truly). John Ortiz is a highly underrated talented performer so I know he is gonna rock the role of Colon. The signing of Héctor by Jerry Masucci to the Fania Records label and changing of his Héctor’s last name is in there - a very politically incorrect but necessary scene. Hector’s glory days with Willie to their eventual departing and of course Héctor’s drug use as it slowly destroyed him and those who loved him the most. The horrible tragedies that haunted Héctor later in life is also here.

The script has it all, drama, music, Latin culture, habichuelas – chocks full of it too, and lots of ---- – Puchi and Héctor go at it a lot here. Hopefully the chemistry between these two will rival that of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. I’ll take Jennifer over Angelina Jolie any day of the week.

In closing, El Cantante is both a Greek tragedy and a love story. Oh, and the songs are here too and integrated into the script. All of Hector’s greatest jams are here, just to name a few, from El Cantante, Que Lio, El Todo Poderoso (now that’s a salsa jam!), and a heart-braking Todo Tiene Su Final as it ends the film. The ending with Todo Tiene Su Final is reminiscent of Martin Scorsese’s use of The Animals House of the Rising Sun with the ending of Casino.

So go check out this film when it hits the screen. For the Latinos, it is required viewing. Like we said, if a Latin script is dope, we will tell you it’s dope. This script wasn’t given to me and I am not doing a producer a favor by plugging this. I have never done that. I don’t get one red cent from plugging this script. I simply hunted the script down and took a look at it for myself out of genuine curiosity. Leave everything at the door that the tabloids say about Marc and Jennifer and go into this movie with an open mind - I think you will be genuinely surprised. The production is halfway through shooting. Best of luck to Leon Ichaso and the filmmakers. I am excitedly waiting to see the final product. Look for my review of the final film here at Latinoreview later in the year.
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wow how cool, thnx 4 posting zak
nice dress she wears on that pic btw only that golden belt is ugly
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Old 01-13-2006, 10:06 AM   #3
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THE SCRIPT IS GREAT
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Old 01-17-2006, 03:22 PM   #4
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^yes the script is great!
Can't wait to see this movie
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will the real Puchi play in the movie too?
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Old 01-17-2006, 03:37 PM   #6
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will the real Puchi play in the movie too?
is she still alive??? lol
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^ exactly the question i wanna ask lol.
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^ exactly the question i wanna ask lol.

lol ok!!

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No the real Puchi died in 2002 of mysterious circumstances.
They filmed the whole film from Puchi's point of view
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who is puchi? lol
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Old 01-18-2006, 01:39 PM   #11
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Puchi was Hector lavoe's wife
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lol it sounds like a dogname
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Whahhaahah Puchi isn'ther real name. Her real name was Nilda Roman Perez. Puchi sounds better i guess
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hmm i don't like the name nilda then hilda is better
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