This week, the Friends weren’t able to record an intro together. But their guest is pretty epic. They welcomed Tony-winning actor/writer John Leguizamo, who is now adding director to his resume. He’s starring in and directing a new film, Critical Thinking, where he plays a chess teacher who helps inspires a group of low-income Black and Latinx high-schoolers to national chess championship victory. Leguizamo drops by to talk about the film, Latin History for Morons (currently on Netflix), and his ongoing work to advance Latinx representation in film and theater.
Here are links to the things discussed in this episode.
- Critical Thinking
- Latin History for Morons
- Leguizamo recommends that you all read: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
- That NPR interview where Leguizamo talked about being heckled by racist audience members
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