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Fans Of ‘La Bamba’ Have A Hard Time Remembering That Lou Diamond Phillips Isn’t Ritchie Valens

You remember actor Lou Diamond Phillips, right?

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He played Ritchie Valens in “La Bamba” and Angel Guzman in “Stand and Deliver.” Classics.

Well, Phillips was in Texas for a community event in his hometown this past weekend.

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The event honored the history of Corpus Christi, Texas. Phillips, a native of the city, spoke about its diversity.

“I never knew racism until I left for University at the University of Texas Arlington. This town is so diverse and accepting… and I think it is so important now more than ever in our nation to look at our history… It’s that getting out into the world and seeing how other people perceive you and to come back and I am so happy to be here tonight.”

But that’s not why he made headlines. Hours prior to the event, Phillips had been arrested for driving while intoxicated.

According to several news reports, around 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 3, the 55-year-old actor asked a police officer for directions while in Portland, Texas. The officer smelled alcohol on Phillips’ breath and took him to the police station. TIME reports that Phillips had an alcohol level of .20%, which is more than twice the legal limit for driving. Bail was set at $2,500. Hours later he appeared at his scheduled event.

On Twitter, fans of “La Bamba” couldn’t resist making jokes.

While people joked on social media, Phillips understood the gravity of his mistake. He not only apologized for his behavior but kept his obligations to the city of Corpus Christi.

The actor told attendees that he was sorry for his actions.

“I want to sincerely apologize for an incident this morning. Some of you may have heard about that,” Phillips told the crowd. “I am here to promote and celebrate this amazing event here in my hometown of Corpus Christi, and if anything that I have done distracts from that or diminishes that I sincerely apologize.”

According to the Caller-Times, a person in the audience yelled out “You’re human!” in support of Phillips.

READ: Listen To Counter-Protestors Play ‘La Bamba’ To Drown Out White Nationalists

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People Are Confused How Kevin Spacey Is Joyfully Singing ‘La Bamba’ In Spain After Sexual Assault Case Dropped

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People Are Confused How Kevin Spacey Is Joyfully Singing ‘La Bamba’ In Spain After Sexual Assault Case Dropped

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Since Massachusetts prosecutors dropped criminal charges against Kevin Spacey for allegedly groping an 18-year-old busboy in Nantucket, Spacey has been doing some international travel. He performed a spoken-word poem in Rome about a boxer making a comeback, a blatant metaphor for what we imagine he hopes for his own acting career.

Then, Sunday night, band Tuna de Derecho de Sevilla shared several videos to their Instagram page of Spacey performing “La Bamba” with the band in the streets of Sevilla.

Apparently, Spacey was at a restaurant at La Plaza Nueva with friends when a member of the band approached him for a photo.

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It was 2 a.m., which, for Spaniards, is about the end of dinnertime and the beginning of a fun night. Band members told People that they went to the bar to sing for a pre-wedding party when they spotted Spacey. Band member Miguel Segura Cabellero told People, “I walked over to him and explained why we were there and asked if we could take a quick photo with him. He said ‘Yes, of course.’ To begin with, everybody was looking at him, but after a while everything became normal.”

At some point during the introduction, Spacey got up and started singing with the band.

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He picked up an instrument and starting strumming along to the tunes of The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” and “La Bamba.” A crowd started to form, and fans started to dance alongside Spacey as he strummed along, twisted and shouted, and enjoyed the spotlight for a few moments. The band reported that Spacey was at the bar with a few of his friends.

It seems like Spacey is having a grand ole time on his vacation from #MeToo.

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La Tuna Derecho de Sevilla posted several videos to their Instagram Sunday night, captioning the videos with “Buena noche que pasamos en compañía de Kevin Spacey ????????????” In other words, ‘it’s a good night when spent in the company of Kevin Spacey.’ Chillingly, that has not been the case for Spacey’s victims.

But Spacey’s alleged bad behavior isn’t confined to American borders.

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London’s Metropolitan Police have questioned Spacey over six individual allegations of sexual assault starting as far back as 1996. Spacey worked in London as the artistic director of London’s Old Vic Theatre for over ten years. In an internal investigation, the theater found “20 personal testimonies of alleged inappropriate behavior” by the actor.

Spaniards are reportedly seeing Kevin Spacey clubbing in Madrid, and enjoying a true vacation from the bad press and recent criminal charges that were brought and dropped against him earlier this year.

CNN reports that District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said the case was dropped “due to the unavailability of the complaining witness.”

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Heather Unruh, a former Boston TV news anchor, alleged in November 2017 that Spacey groped her 18-year-old son at the bar he was working in Nantucket in 2016. A year later, charges were filed. In January 2019, Spacey pleaded not guilty. The victim told police that he was texting and sending Snpachat messages when Spacey reaching inside his pants and groped his genitals for a solid three minutes. The victim was a busboy at the bar and had approached Spacey for a photo together. He told police that he lied to Spacey and told him he was a 23-year-old college student when he was in fact 18-years-old. The two drank heavily together and then Spacey assaulted him. When Spacey went to use the bathroom, the victim fled.

The day the allegations broke, Spacey took to social media to share a video that he alleges was “in character” as Frank Underwood from “House of Cards.”

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“Of course, some believed everything and have just been waiting with bated breath to hear me confess it all,” Spacey said in the video, allegedly in character as Frank Underwood. “They’re just dying to have me declare that everything said is true and that I got what I deserved. Wouldn’t that be easy if it was all so simple? Only you and I both know it’s never that simple, not in politics and not in life. I can promise you this: If I didn’t pay the price for the things we both know I did do, I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the things I didn’t do.”

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People Went In On Will Smith Not Knowing The Words To ‘La Bamba’ And He Clapped Back

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People Went In On Will Smith Not Knowing The Words To ‘La Bamba’ And He Clapped Back

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Will Smith has no shame when it comes to Instagram. One minute he’s posting about his days as the Fresh Prince, and the next he’s giving his followers inspirational life lessons. But when he’s on vacation, he goes all out. By that we mean, he turns up the nerdy dad routine and delivers comedic moments that will make you cringe. Case in point, his recent vacation to the Cayman Islands and his live rendition of “La Bamba.”

Will Smith thought it would be funny to join the Pandemix steel drum band for their rendition of “La Bamba.”

As you can hear, it’s pretty terrible — but also kind of hilarious. He said it himself: “imagine that in my bad singing voice.”

Smith clearly didn’t know the words to this iconic Mexican folk song, or maybe he was just playing a joke on all of us. Of course people had to voice their opinions in the comments section.

In a follow-up Instagram post, Smith sang “La Bamba” again.

Smith started the video, in Spanish, saying, “Many of you wrote in the comments section that I didn’t know the words to ‘La Bamba.'” He then went in and sang the song at the top of his lungs.

Smith has been showing us his Spanish skills for years so this should no be a surprise.

Even though he’s not singing in Spanish in “Miami,” the entire track has Latin influences and the song includes the Spanish verse: “Bienvenidos a Miami.” Smith was reluctant to include the Spanish at first.

One of the producers told GQ, “It was my idea that the woman would say “Bienvenidos a Miami” which at the time Will was not in favor of as it might confuse non-Spanish speakers. It was Nas who finally convinced him.”

He’s spoken in Spanish on the red carpet.

You have to give the man credit for consistently speaking Spanish over the years with confidence.

And let’s not forget his collaboration with Bomba Estéreo at the Latin Grammy’s.

Keep up the Spanish practice, Will.

READ: Will Smith Came Out of a 10 Year Hiatus to Do a Song With Colombia’s Bomba Estereo

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