“Everyone was trying to be Mexican.”
Last month, Salma Hayek attended the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival in France. After realizing that she was joined on the red carpet by a who’s who of Mexican film — many of them her personal friends — Hayek decided to call a mariachi to liven up the gala they were all attending. Somehow, Hayek arranged for a mariachi to show up, and red-tinted footage of Hayek (along with Guillermo Del Toro, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Alfonso Cuáron and Alejandro González Iñárritu) singing rancheras made its way to social media, which led people to create the hashtage #Mexicannes.
During a recent appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Hayek explained that she was so overjoyed from seeing her Mexican friends on the red carpet that she told her husband, billionaire Francois Henri Pinault, they needed to get a mariachi, as well as lots of tequila and mezcal, for the party. Host Stephen Colbert asked the question lots of people were probably thinking: “How do you find a mariachi band in Cannes?” Hayek’s response was perfect: “Baby, we’re everywhere.”
After getting into the details of how she rounded up the mariachi, tequila and mezcal, Hayek recounted how hyped the partygoers were when the mariachi showed up — including the non-Mexican guests. “Everybody went crazy, it was a huge success,” said a cheerful Hayek.
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