When telling a story, it must be done as is, and not for the interests of certain people. When the script was handed to us, it was beautiful. (It was) Badly edited, scenes were repeated and wonderful scenes were blown up and then I said: “two weeks getting up every day at 4.00 am- because we had to be on channel 2 at 5.30 am to go to film-, all the world putting the best effort and accepting all the conditions to see a product that tears me down and I asked ‘ What is this, for God’s sake? ‘
“In the end, that was when I found out that it was published in Colombia and of course the editor had no idea about Peruvian history. He focused on making a commercial program with the morbid, they are heroes, they are human, but there are more important things to highlight. It made me very angry because this is not what I have done ”, he commented.
Reynaldo Arenas played Francisco Condorcanqui in The Other Liberators. Photo: Capture America
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The 77-year-old actor
Reynaldo Arenas, explained that he made public his claim for a matter of respect for his long career and all the effort he put into his role in Los otros libeadores. However, just as many supported him, others threatened him.
“I launched my protest out of respect for myself, respect for my work and respect for history. Just as they have supported me, they also called me to threaten me on the phone, to tell me: ‘You with what right (he criticized the series), you are an unpatriotic’. I understand the effort and I applaud Channel 2’s decision to reproduce the story, but do it with discretion, you have to call capable people, consult the books, advisors. Television is not only commercial, it also serves to educate, for God’s sake! If we are going to do things well, let it be like that, let’s not talk nonsense, don’t take advantage of our image“, he pointed.
Challenges, his character as Túpac Amaru and more
With the long history you have, what do you think has been your greatest challenge?
Many, because each job is a challenge for the actor. I remember that in the year 92 we were in Germany and Poland, and it was the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. We went to break a sentence: “92 Europe, meeting of two cultures.” We were so brave that we landed in Europe to change it, because it was not the meeting of two cultures, it was the annihilation of culture, because when Europeans arrived (in America) they found a whole well-formed civilization. I went for a week and stayed for 8 months telling this story that universities, colleges, institutes asked of us. It was telling the true history of America and that was a huge challenge. At that time we were experiencing the last part of terrorism and people learned that in this part of the continent there was a cruel and inhuman civil war.
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Another challenge was also Túpac Amaru, which took us more than a year to film, it was not finished. It started in the year 83 at the time of the strong explosion of hiking.
It was a Peruvian-Cuban production, and being Cuban we were already associated with communism. Many doors were closed to us, I couldn’t cut my hair, I couldn’t get fat. In the end, the consequences were great because
Tupac Amaru he won a lot of prizes.
Túpac Amaru is one of his most remembered characters
Yes, but also now I’m doing another character who is very beautiful. We are about to finish the poet’s movie
Cesar Vallejo, a film that is giving me great satisfaction. To speak of him is to speak of a great genius. This movie is leaving an indelible mark on me and it fills me with pride.
We also did the Lord of Sipán for Discovery Channel and National Geographic, it was a painstaking job. And it’s a bit also because
I have the prototypes of the Peruvian man, I am an Indian from Cusco, I have all the features of the man from the Andes and it is a plus point. A great project is also coming to be Túpac Yupanqui. How cute no?.