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Cuban refugee optimism inspires his grandson’s acting career: NPR – n7t


Max Garcia and his grandfather, Mario, early July.

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Max Garcia and his grandfather, Mario, early July.

Mario Garcia

Rising up in Havana, Cuba, Mario Garcia was a well-known baby actor. All of it modified in 1962 when he fled as a refugee underneath Fidel Castro’s administration. He then put aside his performing profession, however he was in a position to convey his ardour for performing to his grandson, Maximilian.

Mario was about 10 years previous when he first stepped into the set, he advised Max throughout a dialog at StoryCorps. Early this month.

It began with an opportunity encounter. Mario sat on a bench exterior Havana’s studio, ready whereas his father, a Cuban jazz saxophonist, was rehearsing the band.

“All of a sudden somebody approached me and mentioned,’We’re making an attempt to check this industrial,’” he mentioned. “So I obtained up and made a casting name.”

Even with out performing expertise underneath his belt, it rapidly felt like a pure profession path, Mario mentioned.

“I at all times appeared to be doing this,” he mentioned. “From commercials, I appeared in telenovela, motion pictures, and many others.”

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