RGV film producer visits Laredo to promote his upcoming film

A Rio Grande Valley man traveled to Laredo on Friday to promote his new movie, which he calls a love letter to Mexicans and Hispanics and his girlfriend.

Charlie Clark, President and CEO of Charlie Clark Automotive Group and the film’s executive producer, lead writer and lead actor, traveled to the Laredo area on Friday for several media gatherings in an effort to promote the soon-to-be-released film. “Green Ghost and the Stone Masters.”

The film focused on a border town like Laredo, where a car dealer discovers his true identity and love while reminiscing about the real-life story of the producer and protagonist, as the film is based on his own inspirations.

“The movie is dedicated to my grandmother, because it was inspired by my grandmother,” Clark said. “It’s technically a good family movie that has lots of action and wonderful fight scenes.

“We have Danny Trejo in the movie because it’s about undercover Latino superheroes, including a gringo who ends up finding his own family when he didn’t really have a family to rely on.”

He says the Green Ghost in the movie is to a large extent the anti-hero, and he eventually learns about teamwork and that family doesn’t just come from blood relationships, but how people connect with each other. to others, regardless of their origins.

Clark said the idea for the movie started in the early 2000s, but at the time he was working on another show called “Green Ghost and Mex-I-Can” which ran for 30 episodes on Televisa and Telemundo. He said the show caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal in the mid-2000s when they saw that a car dealership was funding a show aimed at Mexican and Hispanic audiences on both sides of the border. Then in 2005, they got a call from Hollywood to make a movie out of it.

The fact that Clark’s girlfriend, Maricruz Aurora Aguirre — who is from Montemorelos, Mexico — made him feel loved and cared for as a child made him want to do the movie in the first place.

Clark said his girlfriend was portrayed by none other than Renee Victor, a veteran actress in the industry and best known for providing the voice of Abuelitia in Disney’s 2017 film “Coco.”

“She was the voice of the grandmother in ‘Coco,’ and we had no idea that was when we put all of that together in our new movie,” Clark said. “The thing is, my catchphrase at my company is ‘nana pow pow pow’, and she plays my nana and she was the voice of the grandma with the chancla in ‘Coco’.”

Clark called working with all of these top actors like Danny Trejo a wonderful opportunity, as he saw them all as talented, humble, and able to teach a lot to those who wanted to learn from the industry. He said he found it great to work with big names in Hollywood like Andy Cheng for the choreography of the action sequences, as Cheng is one of the main choreographers for recent Hollywood hits like “Shang Chi.”

“This movie is my love letter to my grandmother and to the people of Mexico,” Clark said. “That extends to Hispanic audiences as well, because they’ve made me feel like family since I came to Laredo and opened a business there, and I hope they enjoy this movie and it’s for them. is dedicated.”

Clark said one of the main things he likes about Mexican culture is that it’s not cold and dry, because he always felt loved with his girlfriend and felt more distant and almost professional when he interacted with his other loved ones. He said that although his girlfriend lived in more humble conditions than his home, as it lacked air conditioning and had fewer toys and things to do, he had more fun spending time there than anywhere else.

He said he likes other aspects of the culture too, like the food. He loves papa con huevo (egg potatoes) and carne asadas and watching hit Mexican shows like “El Chapulin Colorado” and “El Chavo”, and of course watching lucha libre on TV and in real life. . The couple would travel together to Reynosa, Tamaulipas and other Mexican border towns to watch the shows.

Clark said he tries at his auto company to insert that kind of culture and constantly have barbecues and other fun events where workers can enjoy themselves and immerse themselves in the workplace culture.

“There are people in your life who love and advise you and who aren’t necessarily your own family,” Clark said. “I believe in having healthy relationships in your life and remembering those who took care of you when you were at your weakest point or when you were young. The bottom line is that you have to (go back and help someone else).

Clark said he not only wants Laredoans and others watching the movie to take this off, but also for him to understand that he is doing it as he continues to care for his girl now that she is older. elderly and in a nursing home. He tries his best to help his nana’s daughter with any financial help, including feeding her sometimes, to make sure she stays healthy.

“Her daughter has her in a nursing home in Mexico, but what I made sure to do is now that she’s 99, and now I’ve got chicks for her, so I’m make sure she gets her atoles, I make sure she gets her pudding and her coffee and a lot of sugar,” Clark said. play by her bedside and on her lap and laugh and laugh and it just keeps bringing her so much more life, and I’m going to see her as much as I can.”

Clark said his grandmother loved Rudy’s barbecue pudding. Clark said he would try to use that and his love for her so he could bring her to the Rio Grande Valley for his movie premiere.

“It’s hard to get her out, but I try to get her out when I can, and I’m going to try to get her out for the premiere in The Valley and I want to get her out for the green carpet ceremony at The Valley on opening night and by my side,” Clark said.

Clark says the film will feature some major hit songs, but with a Latin twist.

“It took me a while because it was really hard to get music permissions, and I wanted to get ‘Rocky’ first, but I didn’t get ‘Rocky’. We got ‘Eye of the Tiger’, but one of my writers, Bryan Douglas, had the idea of ​​’Why not redo the song in Spanish?’ Clark said. “That song will never be heard outside of this movie, unless we get our (audience) to say ‘we want to hear it again, we want to hear it in the air, we want to buy it”, and they gave me the only permission to be able to translate it and (have it) remade by Robert Rodriguez and his group Chingon.

Rodriguez is a major Hollywood producer and director known for such films as ‘Spy Kids’, ‘Desperado’ and ‘Sin City’.

According to Clark, the film is one of his independent projects that he had dreamed of directing for years and is an all-Texan film. The film was shot and produced entirely in Texas. Most of the filming locations were done in the Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville, and other shots were also done in the Austin area as well as Lockhart.

For Clark, this is his very first film. While it may be too early to see if he’s ready for part 2 of his film, he says he “would be open to it.”

The film is set to premiere April 29 nationwide in select theaters.

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