When Eva Longoria Hassan wanted to know about the toughest challenge she faced during the shooting of “Fleming Hot”, she made her feature film debut about Richard Montanez, the man who was originally credited with making Fleming Hot Chitos.
“The New Mexico Hit,” Longoria said of the five-month shooting in the southwestern state. “Very hot! There were some days when the asphalt at the bottom of our camera truck melted.
He joked, “I think the biggest challenge was probably to make sure we were true to the movie’s theme, that opportunities weren’t evenly distributed. And when that happened, you had to work twice as hard and twice as long, and twice as well.” It has to be. And you still have to persevere and the story is a lot. It’s anger from wealth, it’s American Dream 101, it’s about perseverance, it’s about underdog. But at the end of the day, it’s about a person’s perspective and the struggle between them. , Beautiful biopic. ”
The controversy erupted earlier this year when a story in the Los Angeles Times claimed that Montanese had exaggerated his involvement in the snack discovery. Montanez said in the report Diversity“I was their biggest ambassador. But I will say this – you are going to love your company more than you love it. Keep it in perspective. ”
Longoria stands next to Montana. “I was working from the place of truth and making sure I was not just the story of Richard Montanese and the biopic we were trying to make, but the Mexican-American community widely and sure that we represented in culture, in casting, in food, in music,” he says. .
I caught up with Longoria for this week’s episode of “Just For” Diversity“Podcast. He also talks about his most recent new business venture – co-founder Casa del Sol Tequila earlier this month. The company is primarily run by women.” It’s about improving women’s voices and celebrating them. “” This special group, not just women, I like to highlight women who are playing an important role in encouraging others in space to do the same. “
Longoria’s favorite tequila drink? “A Mexican mule, which is a Moscow mule, where there is tequila,” he said.
On a more serious note, Longoria expressed frustration and anger over his new state of Texas abortion law. “I think it’s so hypocritical that Republicans are saying, ‘No mask, my body’ or ‘No vaccine, my body.’ But are you going to control my body? It’s so hypocritical and so unfair and so frustrating, ”he says. “And if we don’t pay attention, it’s going to get worse. I need to wake up in Texas and really stand up for human rights because it’s a violation. And not only that, the franchise is next. Redlining, gerimandering, redistricting, all after the census. And so it will really affect communities of color. Voting and making it even harder for black and brown people is already difficult enough, unfair. ”
Listen to the full interview with Longoria above. You can find “Just for Variety” in Apple Podcasts wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.