Edward James Olmos Revisits ‘Stand and Deliver’ 3 Decades Later: ‘There Is Such an Imbalance’ in Society (Guest Blog)

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Edward James Olmos Revisits ‘Stand and Deliver’ 3 Decades Later: ‘There Is Such an Imbalance’ in Society (Guest Blog)
It’s been years since Edward James Olmos last saw “Stand and Deliver,” the 1988 movie that made him the first Mexican-American actor to secure an Academy Award nomination. But watching a 30th anniversary screening at this month’s Panama International Film Festival, the actor was deeply moved.

“It was very emotional. I openly wept,” the actor said, recalling his feelings about portraying the young East L.A. math teacher Jaime Escalante — and the impact the sleeper hit biopic had on audiences worldwide.

“Ninety-five percent of my life is bringing awareness to the difficulties of people’s plights,” he said during an interview at the chic Central Hotel in Panama City’s colonial-era Casco Viejo the following day. “There is such imbalance. I’ve received so much support from life itself. I live a very privileged life. I mean, I’ve been able to live as an artist my entire life.
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