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Underappreciated Characters: “Bob”

Character:  Bob

Film:  La Bamba

Real Name:  Esai Morales

Favorite Line:  “It’s always about Ritchie!!”

This entry is a bit of a stretch to be called “underappreciated”, as anyone who has seen the movie can testify, Esai Morales is outstanding in the role of Ritchie Valens’ disrupting and troubled brother, Bob.  That fact that he didn’t garner a nomination from the Academy is beyond unreasonable, it’s completly heinous.  Know who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor that year? Kevin Kline for A Fish Called Wanda.  Ring that one up under “What the hell was the Academy thinking?”  Nauseating.

Nonetheless, Esia Morales is a superb, force of nature in the film, often times thrusting into a scene and changing the entire tone, just with his presence.  He exudes the ultimate machismo and recklessness, then in the next scene he shows the pain of being the lesser brother of the beloved rockstar, Ritchie Valens.  There are genuine moments of panic as Bob, in a drunken rage, threatens his own mother and girlfriend (this is the scene I would show you if a YouTube clip existed *sigh*). You just feel frightened watching his family cope with this destructive force who they call brother/son.  He’s so outstanding you forget there’s an actor playing that part and just assume this is really Bob.  Great stuff.

P.S. God forbid anyone puts up an actual YouTube clip of Esai Morales in this film.  As it turns out, this role is underappreciated!

  1. aws9ome9168
    January 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    the best

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