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The ‘Selena’ Movie Could’ve Been Completely Different. Here Are 25 Things You Might Not 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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A Corrections Officer At The Prison Where Yolanda Saldivar Is Being Held Did A Reddit AMA

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A Corrections Officer At The Prison Where Yolanda Saldivar Is Being Held Did A Reddit AMA

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The obsession with Selena Quintanilla’s murderer Yolanda Saldivar remains strong in the Latino community. So much so, that when a Reddit user posted an AMA claiming to be a corrections officer at the prison in which she has been kept in since murdering the young icon, questions came pouring in by the dozens. 

“I work at a women’s prison as a corrections officer in Gatesville Texas,” wrote the Reddit user “All of the inmates are on death row for murder including Yolanda Saldivar (Selena’s killer), Darly Routier, and many more. Since there are some things I can’t disclose for legal reasons this will be more of an ask me almost anything.”

Check out a few of the intersection questions and responses below. 

Q: Have you seen anything in her or heard anything about her that suggests she’s sorry? 

“Selena’s shooter has always maintained she never wanted to kill Selena and that it was an accident. From the interviews I’ve seen, Saldivar doesn’t have too much remorse for what she’s done. Have you seen anything in her or heard anything about her that suggests she’s sorry?” asked cracksilog

A: “I don’t see her everyday, but from what I’ve seen/heard she doesn’t feel any guilt or remorse. There was one day that I wasn’t working where there were 2 other CO’s working and they happened to be fans of Selena, and while they were working they were singing her songs out loud. Saldivar heard them singing and she completely lost her shit. So from that I’d say she doesn’t feel sorry for what she did.”

q: Not really a question. But on Sunday, Univision aired a special on Selena and her murder. I kinda wish Yolanda was obligated to watch every time Selena was on TV or her music is played on the radio. – 

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A: Me too honestly. Idk if you saw this in the comments but she heard 2 CO’s singing her songs one day and she flipped shit. Like you murdered her and took away one of the greatest singers this country’s ever had, you don’t get to be angry. I’m actually a Selena fan myself so this still kinda grinds my gears.

Q: Do you feel sorry for most of the inmates (for example maybe their past dictated why they ended up in crime) or do you think they deserve to be there?

A: “There is one in particular that I do kind of feel sorry for. She’s in prison for murder and robbery. She told me that she had a pimp and one night he was beating the crap out of her so she killed him in self defense. But they also got her on a robbery charge and that’s why she’s currently in prison. She told me she admits to killing her pimp because she said “if one of us has to die tonight it’s not gonna be me”. She swears up and down that she didn’t rob him though. In some ways I believe her and if she wasn’t in prison I would honestly want to be her friend.

As for the other inmates, some of them have killed their children. They tell me they’re innocent of that, but if it involves children I tend not to believe that they’re innocent. Especially if there’s decisive evidence agaisnt them.”

Q: Have you seen any escape attempts and were any of them successful also do people freak out because their there everyday all day out of nowhere?- 

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 A: In the year I’ve been here I’ve never seen any escape attempts myself nor has anyone else I work with because we would all know about it. We have watch towers in the field and the inmates wear white. We’re ordered to shoot if we see anyone. So far no one’s had to shoot anyone nor have they seen anyone try to escape. Plus it’d be pretty hard since we’re a high security prison (although I know that’s not always a valid excuse. Where there’s a will there’s a way).

I have seen a few people snap or have mental breakdowns but they were never too crazy. They’re mostly just crying or shouting or both. People who do that mostly are the ones on suicide watch so sometimes that’s what we expect.

Q: “What is the most chilling thing you’ve heard/witnessed, and how long have you been working there?”- couervide

A: I’ve been working here since August of 2018 so a little over a year now.

Honestly the only thing that gives me the chills is what the inmates did that landed them in prison. Especially the ones that murdered their children. We’re technically not allowed to know all the details as to why they’re in prison, we just know they’re there for murder. But a few of the inmates have their own documentaries on Dateline or Investigation Discovery and I’ve watched them.

Another thing that sometimes gives me the chills is that Darly Routier’s youngest son still visits her in prison since he’s the only one she didn’t kill. There’s also another inmate, Debra Jeter who’s in the same prison for murder. She slit both of her daughters throats in an attempt to kill them both, but only one of them died. The other daughter that survived still visits her mom in prison. She says she forgives her for what she did but I don’t know how she can still look at her. The 911 call she made after she slit their throats is just bone chilling since she admitted to the dispatcher that she did it. No guilt. No remorse. Here’s the 911 call:

Ally Brooke Sings Selena Tribute Medley For Miss Universe Pageant

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Ally Brooke Sings Selena Tribute Medley For Miss Universe Pageant

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Miss Universe 2019 was held in Atlanta Sunday night and one of the most talked-about moments was a special Selena tribute during the evening gown portion of the pageant. Former Fifth Harmony singer Ally Brooke sang “Dreaming of You” and “I Could Fall In Love” as the contestants showed off their evening wear.

Selena fans watching the global pageant were so grateful to see the singer represented.

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Selena continues to be one of the most influential and well-known performing artists since she died 24 years ago. This year, Selena songs were streamed 163 million times in 79 countries on Spotify.

The tribute was a medley of two of her English-language hits “I Could Fall In Love” and “Dreaming of You.”

The Miss Universe pageant was held in Atlanta, Georgia this year and the top ten contestants were Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, Miss Colombia Gabriela Tafur Nader, Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson, Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Peru Kelin Rivera, Miss Indonesia Frederika Cull, Miss France Maeva Coucke, Miss Iceland Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir, Miss Thailand Paweensuda Drouin, and Miss Mexico Sofia Aragon.

People were tagging Chris Perez so we could know that his late wife was being honored during the pageant.

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The Miss Universe pageant is aired around the world as women from 90 different countries and territories compete for the crown. This gave the Selena tribute global exposure with Ally Brooke bringing the Selena classics to the pageant stage.

There was truly so much appreciation to the Miss Universe Organization for including a Selena tribute into their night.

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It isn’t every day that a Latino icon like Selena gets a tribute on a global stage. Seeing one of the Latino music greats remembered at the pageant made fans celebrate the pageant.

Social media was filled with people who did not like the choice of Ally Brooke to since the medley.

There was a lot of disappointment from Selena fans about Brooke’s performance. The “No Good” singer wore a one-shoulder black sequin dress and as she performed the late Tejano singers songs.

Miss Universe 2019 is Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi.

Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson came in first runner-up and Miss Mexico Sofia Aragon rounded out the top three.

What did you think about the Selena tribute at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant? Watch the full video below!

Let us know in the comments below!

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