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Lou Diamond Phillips: No Diamond in the Rough

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Not long ago, I saw Lou Diamond Phillips on a cooking show.  He was extremely likable but very competitive.  He took his cooking seriously.  He was also always “on”.  He struck me as the kind of guy who always heard the roar of a crowd no matter what he was doing.  I don’t mean to say he was arrogant although he certainly has a healthy self-image.  He was always so gracious that any signs of ego were tolerable and even a bit endearing.

Twenty years ago when Phillips was starring on Broadway, Martha Frankel interviewed him for the August 1996 issue of Movieline magazine.  They discussed his visit to Graceland and his appearance on Howard Stern.  Then Frankel told the actor something no one had ever told him before.  My impression is that Phillips hasn’t changed all that much over the last two decades.  He’s always been a showman, but he’s courteous enough about it that you can forgive the self-promotion.

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What the Hell Happened to Emilio Estevez?

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Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez comes from Hollywood royalty.  His dad is actor Martin Sheen.  His brother is Charlie Sheen.  As a child, his best friends were the Penns (Sean and Chris) and the Lowes (Rob and Chad).  Estevez grew up immersed in show biz.  In the early 80’s Estevez became the de facto leader of the actors of his generation.  Collectively, they were known as the Brat Pack and for a short time, they reigned supreme.  As the decade ended, there was a backlash against the Pack.  Among his colleagues, Estevez held up better than others.  But these days, Estevez is rarely heard from.

What the hell happened?

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