“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.