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The ‘Selena’ Movie Could’ve Been Completely Different. Here Are 25 Things You Didn’t Know About The Film

Twenty-three years have passed since Tejano music legend, Selena Quintanilla-Perez’s death. The movie about her life and career came out just two years after her death and helped to solidify the continuation of her legacy.

Here’s a look at the top 25 facts you probably didn’t know about the movie!

1. Fans of Selena protested when they learned Jennifer Lopez was playing Selena.

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Selena’s fans began protesting the film once they learned that Jennifer Lopez was taking on the role of their beloved singer. Many thought that Lopez, a Puerto Rican from New York, was unfit to play the Mexican-American from Texas.

2. Abraham Quintanilla needed convincing when it came to Selena’s relationship with Chris Perez.

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Fans of Selena and the pic about her life, are pretty familiar with the fact that Selena’s father Abraham didn’t initially approve of Chris or his daughter’s marriage to him. Afraid that Selena’s younger fans would get the wrong message about eloping, Abraham initially pushed to have the scene of their marriage cut out.

3. Six other women gave J.Lo a run for her money.

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Three women from the open call were selected and three other actresses including Salma Hayek and Bibi Gaytán were considered.

4. Jackie Guerra lied about her talents.

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Jackie Guera who played the role of Suzette, wanted the role so badly that she lied at her audition and said that she was an expert drummer. Suzette later gave her private lessons.

5. “Selena” almost became a victim of brownface.

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The film’s director had to fight to get Lopez the role of Selena. At the time, Warner Bros was considering a non-Latina actress to take on the role which would have been AWFUL.

6. Jennifer Lopez lip-synched

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Creators feared that fans would be upset if they saw Lopez singing the song on her own. So Lopez was coached to lip-synch instead.

7. Abraham Quintanilla didn’t want to show Selena’s murder.

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The film which came out just two years after Selena’s death was likely a very hard project for Abraham to work on. He didn’t want to show his daughter’s death but the film’s director convinced him it was necessary.

8. Constance Marie could be Jennifer Lopez’s sister.

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Lopez and Marie play mother and daughter in the movie. But in real life, Marie is only 4 years older than Jennifer Lopez.

9. Actually, there was a lot of age-skewing on set.

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Lupe Ontiveros was 54-years old when she played Yolanda Saldivar. At the time of Selena’s death, Saldivar was actually only 34.

10. Salma Hayek turned down the role of Selena.

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The Mexican actress was offered the role of Selena when producers first started casting. At the time however, Hayek was gearing up to play her famous role of Frida.

11. You’ve seen this cast together before.

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Most of the film’s cast had starred together in the film “My Family.” That’s right, it wasn’t the first time Jennifer Lopez starred alongside Edward James Olmos, Jacob Vargas, Constance Marie, or Lupe Ontiveros.

12. Constance Marie wanted to be Selena.

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Marie played the role of Selena’s mother in the movie. She originally auditioned to play the part of Selena.

13. Roles were flipped.

In “My Family,” Edward James Olmos and Constance Marie play the role of Jennifer Lopez and Jacob Vargas’ children.

14. Constance Marie was also extremely close in age to her other daughter in the movie.

Besides being close in age to Jennifer Lopez, Marie is just 46 years younger than Jackie Guerra who plays Suzette. In real life, Suzette was only 4 years older than her sister Selena.

15. Jennifer Lopez did her best to do Selena’s accent.

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Selena’s Southern accent wasn’t totally noticeable but fans knew it was there. Lopez did her best to portray the singer’s Texan accent in the interview portions of the film.

16. Jennifer Lopez got really close with Selena’s family.

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To prepare, J.Lo lived with Suzette before shooting. The experience made the two closer and they’re still friends to this day.

READ: 11 Reasons Why Selena Is So Special For Us Latinos

17. The casting call got crazy.

Over 20,000 girls turned up to audition to fill the role of Selena at different ages.

18. Jennifer Lopez broke history with her role.

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The young Latina star was paid $1,000,000 for her role. She instantly became the highest paid Latina in history.

19. The move got Lopez to pursue a side gig.

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Lopez had pursued acting for the good part of her young career when she first landed the role. It was acting in this film that got her to seriously pursue singing.

20. Lopez only sang three words in the movie.

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Creators feared fans wouldn’t be too happy to see someone other than Selena singing her words. The only words Lopez sings are when she starts to sing “Como La Flor.”

21. Edward James Olmos packed on the pounds for his role.

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The actor who played Abraham Quintanilla gained 50 pounds in order to portray the realities life Abraham more accurately.

22. Constance Marie spent a lot of time in the makeup room.

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Remember, Marie was much younger than Marcella was in the movie. To look the part, Marie spent four hours in the makeup room.

23. Plans for a movie happened soon after her death.

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Five months after Selena’s death in March, plans for the film were announced.

24. The movie made major history.

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The biopic on Selena’s life has become a classic and favorite amongst her fans. So much so that the film is known as the 10th highest-grossing biopic in history.

25. Chris Perez made an actual appearance.

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In the scene where Chris Perez auditions to be part of Selena’s band, the director found Jon Seda couldn’t really keep up. They pulled the real Chris to set to show Seda how to get the job done but ultimately used the take of his real hands.


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Julián Castro Walked Onstage To Selena, Struggles With Spanish, And Other Ways He Lives The Latino Experience On The Campaign Trail

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Julián Castro Walked Onstage To Selena, Struggles With Spanish, And Other Ways He Lives The Latino Experience On The Campaign Trail

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Last week, the 2020 presidential election officially kicked off with the Democratic debate featuring ten politicians — and another ten the following night. It’s a bit subjective to say who came out on top as the clear winner because there were definitely a couple of them. Sen. Elizabeth Warren was good, as was Sen. Kamala Harris — but without a doubt, there was one breakthrough star.

Less than a week after Julián Castro delivered a commanding performance at the debates in Miami, yesterday he returned to Texas and walked onstage to Selena’s “Baila Esta Cumbia.”

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The former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (under Obama), was in Texas over the weekend and made some critical stops including visiting a detention center. He also spoke to potential voters at St. John’s church in Houston.

This is not the first time Castro has played Selena during a campaign stop. He began this tradition since day one of his candidacy for president.

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We love that he’s a fan of Selena! Honestly, it would be more surprising if he wasn’t since he is from Texas, the homeland of the queen of Tejano music. It just makes sense that Selena would be a part of his campaign since she is so important to his home state.

Castro and Selena have a lot in common so it makes sense that the presidential hopeful would play her music.

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Yes, they’re both from Texas and are of Mexican descent. Most importantly, they represent a future of their times. Selena gave Latinos a mainstream representation in music they had never seen before. Castro is offering a future that young Latinos want and deserve.

Selena and Castro were not brought up speaking Spanish in their house.

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Castro’s speech in San Antonio included several talking points that he made during the debates including that undocumented immigrants should have the right to health care, dealing with climate change, and women’s rights.

“People coming to this country in these ways are desperate. I don’t believe in criminalizing desperation,” he said about immigration reform.

He also added that his first task as president would be to deal with undoing Trump’s mess. “My first executive order as POTUS will be to recommit the United States to the Paris Agreement.”

Like Selena, and many other Latinos, Castro admits that his Spanish needs work because of the need to assimilate.

“I guess the best place to start is to say that there are Latinos who have lived here for generations,” he said. “My grandmother that I grew up with got here almost 100 years ago in 1922. In my grandparents time, in my mom’s time, Spanish was looked down upon. You were punished in school if you spoke Spanish. You were not allowed to speak it. People, I think, internalized this oppression about it, and basically wanted their kids to first be able to speak English. And I think that in my family, like a lot of other families, that the residue of that, the impact of that is that there are many folks whose Spanish is not that great.”

Check out the video below to watch Castro’s Selena entrance.

Honestly, this is the kind of entrance we want more politicians to take part in. Who doesn’t like a Selena jam to listen to?

READ: Julián Castro Did Not Hold Back When Democrats Debated Immigration During The First Debate

The Sixth Annual Selena Quintanilla Fan Gathering Happens This Weekend

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The Sixth Annual Selena Quintanilla Fan Gathering Happens This Weekend

Latinos can celebrate Selena Quintanilla on any given day. We can honor her legacy on the day of her birth, on the day she left us, and any day of the week. That is why we’re totally down to go on a Selena cruise, or going to Corpus Christie or dressing up as her on Halloween.

But, let’s be real, we don’t need a birthday, or anniversary or Halloween to come around to celebrate the Tejano queen. And that’s exactly why we’re looking forward to an event right here at home.

The sixth annual Selena Fan Gathering is taking place on Saturday, June 1 in Los Angeles.

The day event is filled with so much love for the Queen of Tejano including live performances, vendors, giveaways, contests, raffles, DJ, impersonators, art, and a life-size photo prop.

Special guests includes Mario “Scar” from Cholos Try.

We know what you’re thinking? You want to show up and recreate the “Anything for Salinas” scene, right? Yup, us too. Organizers suggest showing up super early if you want a photo op with Scar.

Muralist Levi Ponce will also be there to talk to fans and create a new Selena mural.

Ponce has created some of the most stunning murals featuring Latino pioneers. Click here to see some more of his incredible work.

The Selinas independent vendors will be there selling the cutest Selena merch.

The Colombian vendors are coming a long way to meet L.A. fans, and we cannot wait to get our hands on these cool items.

The Como La Flor band will also be there.

Saturday’s event will be poppin’ with the best Selena tribute cover bands.

Here’s the break down:

Where: Plaza De La Raza. Park Parking lot on Mission Rd.

When: June 1, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. You are advised to show up early.

Click here for more information.

READ: A Quintanilla Family-Approved Selena Series Is Coming To Netflix And People Are Freaking Out

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