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When Gloria and Emilio Estefan began their careers, it was normal to see them playing in different clubs in the city of Miami, and also at weddings and birthday parties. Every time a young Andy García found them in a club, he would take advantage of the occasion to play the congas with them. It was the 1970s, and the Latino influence in the United States still had a long way to go before it made itself felt.

These days, four decades later, Gloria and Andy star in the film El padre de la novia, adapted to a family of exiled Cuban parents in Miami. The story has been placed in the most watched premiere of HBO Max in different countries of Latin America. Strictly speaking, it is the second remake of the original story, released in 1950. In 1991 Steve Martin and Diane Keaton starred in a version that is remembered to this day, and that led to a second part.

In this brand new version, Ingrid (a great Gloria Estefan, in her first leading role in a film) and Billy (Andy García) are surprised when their eldest daughter, Sofía (Adria Arjona), announces that she has a new boyfriend, Adán (Diego Boneta). ), and plan a quick wedding. The news prevents Billy and Ingrid from announcing that they plan to divorce… They delay it for the good of the family.

With a premise very close to many families and masterfully adapted to modern times, in which it does not matter if it is the bride who asks the question or if the husband takes her last name, this very Latin story has managed to captivate the audience. And it has highlighted the history of many immigrants who fight to preserve the customs of their land.

But beyond the screen, the success of The Father of the Bride, and even the success their lives have turned into, Gloria Estefan and Andy García are united by a story of pain that prompted them to leave their country when they were little. .

The beggining

Gloria Estefan arrived in Miami with her parents when she was barely two years old; Andy García did it when he was five years old as part of Operation Pedro Pan, an initiative of the Catholic Church that transported to the United States the children of many Cubans who could not leave the island. Although they were very young, this move made them exiles from a communist political regime that had been installed in Cuba on January 1, 1959.

If they agree on something in that first wave of exile, it is that both arrived with the certainty that their stay was going to be temporary. Over time they realized that it was not going to be like that, and adapting to the idea that they would not return, nor would they see their relatives again, changed their lives.

63 years later

What began as a small community in a new country would end up changing the face of an entire city, making Miami a destination where immigrants could feel at home. The Latin influence has been felt in different fields, such as politics and the business sector, but also education, sports, culture and entertainment.

Hence, the influence of the music of Gloria and Emilio Estefan went beyond the successes of their songs. This power couple paved the way for figures like Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Ricky Martin and many other Latinos to succeed in the US.

Andy García began his career in the first bilingual series that was seen in the country in the 70s; The episodes from that time are still being broadcast. From there he jumped to Hollywood: Brian De Palma gave him his blessing by making him part of The Untouchables, along with Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery and a cast of luxury. From there many other films, like The Godfather III, no less, with Al Pacino. Other titles: Ocean’s eleven, Mamma Mia and his most beloved and closest to Miami, The father of the bride.

These friends who continue to fight for freedom, Gloria and Andy came together in this story to show us that as Latinos we share much more than we may have realized. I hope that the oldest dream they have will come true very soon.

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Nacionalista cubano, poeta, filósofo, ensayista, periodista, traductor, profesor y editor.

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