When Pepe Serna stepped onstage nearly four hours in McAllen, most of the two audiences recognized him at once.
This Hollywood actor has appeared in more than 100 feature films and 300 television shows, and is still going strong.
His “one-man show” at Cine El Rey in McAllen Feb. 27 was enlivened by Magali De La Rosa, an actress, singer, and fashion designer. Like Serna, she grew up in South Texas and now both live in California, closer to Hollywood.
Serna recently played the leading role in Double Tap. His most memorable role probably is in Scarface with Al Pacino.
He also performed well alongside Edward James Olmos, Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen, Steve Martin, Richard Prior and more.
Yet a new project lies ahead for this Hollywood veteran.
Pedro Garcia, artistic director for Teatro Nuestra Cultura in McAllen since 1997, invited Serna to the Cine El Rey in McAllen to do his act titled Ruco, Chuco, Cholo, Pachuco. (Translated as Older Man, Short for Zoot Suiter.)
Garcia and Serna are working together on The Last Thanksgiving starring Serna. This full-length feature film will be shot in Rio Grande Valley Productions. For more information on the independent film, phone Garcia at 956-655-9308 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Already a film director, Garcia wants help in finding a producer who can help fund or help raise the money to produce a low-budget film project of $200,000.
“We have the main ingredients which include a wonderful screenplay, titled The Last Thanksgiving, plus an experienced director and an extremely talented actor in Pepe Serna, who has impressive Hollywood contacts like Brian De Palma and Edward James Olmos.
“Also we have an elaborate Film Prospectus that will explain our marketing, funding and distribution strategies and investor profits for dividends.
“Not only will our movie be shot entirely in the Rio Grande Valley, it will also make a profit for the investors and it will create revenue and fame in the Rio Grande Valley from Cultural Arts perspectives, as well as business.
“We want to shoot our film this summer which includes approximately 22 adult roles, 10 children’s roles, dozens of extras and a production crew of nearly 20 persons.
We need a champion producer who is willing to believe and to work with us. We are ready to meet the right person now.
“With the tangible script in our hands that will surely help you come over, The Last Thanksgiving is a story of victory. Thanks for your support of South Texas talent and of the arts,” Garcia added. He can be reached also as Director-Producer of TLT Productions at www.tltproductions.com or phoning 956-655-9308.