WHAT IS INCREDIBLE ABOUT THE
STORIES WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT IT THROUGH THE YEARS IS THAT IT IS
A SHOW THAT TRANSCENDED THE CUBAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY. IT WAS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME
PHENOMENON. THAT CAST IS LIKE LIGHTNING
STRIKING ONCE. YOU GRANDFATHER DOESN’T — I
KNOW YOU’RE GRANDFATHER DOESN’T SPEAK ENGLISH. YOU DON’T WANT TO TALK TO ME.
40 YEARS LATER AND THEY’RE STILL JUST A BUNCH OF MIAMI
KIDS. I CAUGHT UP WITH SOME OF THE
ORIGINAL CAST MEMBERS ON THEIR FIRST DAY AT THE ARTS CENTER IN
PREPARATION FOR THEIR STAGE SHOW. I NEVER GOT TO SAY GOODBYE. I KNOW. REALLY IS A HOMECOMING. TALK ABOUT THAT. TALK ABOUT HOW THIS IS REALLY A
HOMECOMING. I WENT AWAY. BECAME A HOLLYWOOD STAR. THANKS TO PBS. STARTED BROADCASTING “QUE PASA”
NATIONALLY. I WAS NEVER SURE THAT IT WAS
WORKING OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT OUR FANS LOVED IT. I KNEW THAT WHAT WE HAD WAS
SPECIAL. YOU MISSED IT, RIGHT? OF COURSE I MISSED IT. I MISSED THE PEOPLE. I MISSED THE PEOPLE AND I MISSED — I MISSED
MIAMI. AND TO COME HOME TO TELL OUR
STORY, WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR LIVES OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS. IT’S REALLY ONE OF THE PEAKS,
ONE OF THE HIGH POINTS OF NOT ONLY MY CAREER IN MY LIFE. WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE FOR YOU
TO NOT ONLY COME BACK TO MIAMI BUT TO SEE YOUR FELLOW ACTORS,
YOU’VE GOTTEN TO HANG OUT AGAIN WITH THEM. YOU SAW HOW EMOTIONAL THAT’S
BEEN FOR YOU. WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE
RECONNECTING WITH THEM? I’LL GET EMOTIONAL NOW,
IMAGINE BEING AROUND THEM. THE GIRL. WE CALL THEM THE GIRLS. BECAUSE THOSE ARE MY GIRLS, THEY
WERE MY SISTERS. IT’S SO MANY THINGS AT ONCE
EMOTIONALLY BECAUSE IT DRAWS ME BACK TO BEING 18. REALLY? ABSOLUTELY. I AM MYSELF AT 18. WHEN I’M THERE, I AM ALSO WITH
THE ACCUMULATION OF EXPERIENCE OF A MAN, AS BECOMING A MAN. I HAVE NEVER LOST JOE. FOR ME, I DON’T HAVE TO INVENT
JOE PENA. JOE IS ME.
AND WHAT THE WRITER HAS WRITTEN IS THE STORY OF WHAT HAPPENS TO
JOE. THIS IS REALLY SPECIAL. WE’RE INTERVIEWING WITH PBS AND
THAT’S HOME TO US. THAT’S CHANNEL 2. WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR YOU WHEN
THEY SAID WE’RE GOING TO DO THIS SHOW WE WANT YOU TO BE PART OF
THIS SHOW? SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
WRITING TO US ALL THESE YEARS TO DO A MOVIE OR SPECIAL, TWO-HOUR
SPECIAL OR PICK UP THE SERIES AND IT’S NEVER HAPPENED. I DEAL WITH THINGS, IT’S REALLY
PASSIONATE ABOUT IT. HE BELIEVES THAT IT’S IN
INFECTIOUS. ACTUALLY, I LIVE IN L.A. SO I’M
NOT HERE IN MIAMI ALL THE TIME. I’M VERY IMPRESSED, PEOPLE
REMEMBER US. PEOPLE REMEMBER LINES FROM THE
SHOW. THAT I DON’T REMEMBER. IT’S UNIQUE, IT’S LIKE AN “I
LOVE LUCY” FOR CUBANS OR HISPANICS. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO
HAPPEN THAT FIRST NIGHT, OPENING NIGHT, WHAT DO YOU THINK? I’M GOING TO WALK OUT, I’M
GOING TO TRIP AND — NO.
AND HE’LL PICK ME UP AS THE BFF. WE WILL CARRY ON. RIGHT! EXACTLY. WOW. THIS IS SUCH A WONDERFUL
VENUE. IT’S FANTASTIC. EVERYONE IS DOING A LABOR OF
LOVE. I THINK OPENING NIGHT WILL BE A
NIGHT WHEN WE WON’T FORGET.

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