“If I had a nickel since the beginning, I would probably own this studio, an island and a few private planes. I swear.”
After 32 years, Luis Guzmán sets the record straight: No, he wasn’t part of “Ghost”.
The 1990 Oscar-winning drama starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, but fans constantly insist Guzmán was part of the cast too. In fact, it was the late actor Rick Aviles that Guzmán is often confused with.
“To this day, you and I could walk through an airport or a mall — today — and someone would be like, ‘Why did you kill Patrick Swayze? What was it like working with Whoopi? [Goldberg]?’” Guzmán said during “The Rich Eisen Show”. “If I had a nickel since the beginning, I would probably own this studio, an island and a few private planes. I swear.”
The ‘Wednesday’ actor continued, “I was in Detroit once, changing trains and a 90-year-old lady came up to me, ‘Oh my god. I loved you in Ghost.” I felt so bad and said, “No, no. That was someone else.’ And then she’s like, ‘So what could I have seen you in?’ And I say, ‘Have you ever seen The Count of Monte Cristo?’ And she says, “I love this movie. That was such a great movie!’ And I said, ‘Well, I was Jacopo.’ And then she says, ‘No, you weren’t there!’”
He added, “From that moment on, I said, ‘I’m always going to be the guy in ‘Ghost.'”
Guzmán was also mistaken for drug lord El Chapo, whose full name is Joaquín Guzmán, in a 2014 New Jersey newspaper. A photo of the “Carlito’s Way” actor was reprinted with a news article about El Chapo. guzman tweeted then: “Lakewood Shopper, you owe me a frigging apology!!! Wtf.”
The “Boogie Nights” actor previously told Remezcla that while “a lot has changed” when it comes to representation in Hollywood, there’s still room for growth.
“The question always gets asked, ‘Do you think Hollywood is giving Latinos a fair chance?’ And I don’t think that question is more relevant today,” Guzmán said. “As Latinos, we really have the power to improve the quality of things that are out there because we can create something of that quality. But I also feel, and that’s really crucial for me, that we really need to improve the quality of our own products, what we’re putting out in entertainment. And I think we’re making progress in that direction.”
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/11/luis-guzman-mistaken-for-ghost-star-rick-aviles-1234786136/ Luis Guzmán has been confused with “Ghost” star Rick Aviles for decades