Disney invited me to the all expenses paid Disney-Pixar Premiere in Los Angeles. All opinions shared are my own.
Be on the look the out, Chicharron, the character in the hammock is voiced by non-other than the great Edward James Olmos! Chatting with him about his cameo in the film was a pleasure. It was also an unforgettable exclusive interview full of insight, heart and full of depth. It revealed why such a minor character, Chicharron Voiced by Edward James Olmos Is Key To Disney-Pixar Coco.
Chicharron Voiced by Edward James Olmos Is Key To Disney-Pixar Coco
From the onset, Edward James Olmos evidently has been deeply touched by Coco. Before the first question is even asked he starts talking about how we are who we are because of our great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents. As he thinks back to those that came before him, he shares that he would like to be remembered by his family as someone that empowered them and spent time with them.
The Importance of Coco and Why Chicharron is Pivotal to the Film.
When asked what statement Coco makes, Edward James Olmos said:” The film itself is very direct in making you feel that the Day of the Dead is a very needed moment in everybody’s life. Everybody has their own way of dealing with their past and where they come from and each culture has their own way of doing it and it’s wonderful when you learn about it, but this is the first time that I’ve ever seen this explained so simply. And that’s why I took the role. I mean, my part is a cameo, but it’s very intrinsic to the story. (it is with my character) that you really realize what happens when no one thinks of you anymore.”.
The Coco Legacy
Olmos believes Coco is an instant classic. “Twenty years from today, every Latino family and then many, many other cultures also will have this film in their library of, and put it in whenever the kids are around. It will be passed on, so I’m very grateful. I play an integral part to the story, because you really realize what it is that we’re doing and what this is about… That’s what happens when people don’t think about you anymore. You disappear. And where’d he go? I don’t know. And it’s not about religion. Far from it. It’s not about belief in heaven and earth and all that. It’s all about just the understanding of what we conjure when we’re here. Not one of you can be here without thinking about who got you here and if you don’t do it daily, you’re missing the day and that’s really the key to, you know, just being thankful.”.
Edward James Olmos Day of the Dead Memories
The award-winning actor grew up in a Mexican household and he shares his Day of the Dead celebration memories: “It was a party. It was a celebration of life, of living, with conjuring up the understanding of those that got you there. You’re just saying thank you to them. Thanks for bringing me to this space and here we are around your, your tomb or your gravesite and we put flowers and little candles and you know, their picture and their food. I bring my dad his menudo. We just sit there and laugh and cry. There’s a lot of crying and especially the older you get. The closer you get to being in the hole, the closer you are to understanding what life really is… But that’s the reality of our life. We have to celebrate it”.
A priceless Coco Moment
You can’t talk Coco without talking about the “chancleta” (Grandma’s flip-flop or slipper). Olmos comments:” That, that moment in the movie is probably one of the most priceless moments. (Do you know why grandmothers took off their chancleta?) Because very seldom do they hit anybody with it. They couldn’t catch the kids [ They took out the chancleta to throw it. Do you remember when she throws it and she goes, okay, now, go get it and she’s walking around barefoot, that was the epitome and when she gets the mariachi with the sticks up his nose, I almost died.”.
All Things Coco
Coco is now in theaters everywhere. If you haven’t seen it, you must. If you have seen it, I bet you can’t wait to see it again, don’t hold yourself back! We have covered it all for you on Coco. Take a look at some of the other Coco interviews and experiences we have for you”