Having created El Pachuco character as the alter ego for the protagonist Henry Reyna in his play “Zoot Suit,” playwright and director Luis Valdez was now tasked to find someone who could interpret this iconic and elusive personage. Latinopia asked Luis Valdez how he came to settle on Edward James Olmos for the role of El Pachuco and found that in great works there is often a lot due to chance.


  1. Bobby Rivera says

    Zoot Suit has historical value for all Latinos. Listening to Luis Valdez speak about Edward J. Olmos brings back fond memories when I first saw the film in 1983. Thank you, Mr. Valdez for bringing the story of Zoot Suit to the screen. You've impired many young Latinos to pursue their dreams within the Arts…

    Bobby Rivera

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