Took this shot while sitting front row of This is Qué Pasa Usa Today...40 Years Later live theatre show. The show is a continuation of the Peña family legacy in today's America. I was at the luxurious Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. It's crazy when you think how intertwined an actor can be with your memories. For instance, me and my mother used to watch Qué Pasa USA when I was a child. When I was 12 my uncle Avy snuck scarface into my room, on lazer disk lol, and let me watch my first grown up movie. Then I became an Assistant Director and got to work with Steven. From there I started directing and at a screening of of my short film "Siblings" who showed up? Steven Bauer. But with all that said this was the coolest time seeing him. Why? Because he was on stage, in his element; reviving a cult classic character! The show was phenomenal! We laughed until our ribs hurt!
You have to understand, being Cuban in Miami; it's very rare to see something on television/stage that truly represented your culture. Something totally about you. Something where every cast member reminded you of someone you know. Something on television/stage that made being Cuban American more than just a drug dealer or a pimp. That is what Qué Pasa Usa was, is and always be! IT IS REAL!
Afterwords my buddy Chris took me and my special guest backstage. Steven remembered me and greeted me with a huge hug. That made me look like a hero to the one person it mattered to: My special guest, my mom dukes (that means my mom to the non hip hop people reading this)! Thank you to Loud and Live for the experience and thanks to Chris Thomas for the plug.