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Luis Guzman Took His Role In Logic’s Music Video Personal And This Is Why

Logic Video Screening and Q&A

On Tuesday, August 29th, HipHopDX & Def Jam held a live screening of Logic’s “1-800-273-8255,” a suicide prevention music video featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid.

The music video features cameo appearances from Matthew Modine, Don Cheadle, Luis Guzman, Nolan Gould, Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid.

Following the screening there was a live Q&A discussion featuring cast members of the music video, members of the Suicide Prevention Hotline and the LGBTQ community.

Posted by on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

“It’s a real thing. The idols that we have are committing suicide. The kid down the block. The mother down the street.”

Shortly after the release of Logic’s music video for his song “1-800-273-8255,” HipHopDX and Def Jam held a live Q&A discussion with actors from the music video, including Luis Guzmán, Coy Stewart, Don Cheadle, Nolan Gould and Matthew Modine.

As someone who was a social worker prior to becoming an actor, being a part of this music video that focuses on suicide prevention meant a lot to Guzmán.

“I’m the father of five young people,” said Guzmán. “When this came about, I heard the song and I was absolutely blown away by it. Anything that I can do to promote humanity, that’s what I’m about. This provided me with that avenue so I’m really happy to be a part of it.”

After losing his friend, Robin Williams, to suicide, Guzmán admits that he felt bad because he “didn’t see his pain.” Guzmán always thought of Williams as “the funny man” – the one who “tells jokes.” It never occurred to Guzmán that Williams was having suicidal thoughts. And this is why Logic’s music video, and particularly Guzmán’s role in it, is very important and personal to him. When asked about how he reflects on his character in the video – a high school coach who reaches out to a student dealing with suicidal thoughts – Guzmán said:

“People need to be loved. People need to be held. People need to be heard. There’s a lot of pain out there… We can give people an alternative to checking out… I think, we as humans, need to be more sensitive to each other… A hug can do a lot to everybody, anywhere, any time. And it doesn’t matter if you know that person or not. We live in a very complex world. And when you see something like that [Logic’s music video], it gives you some kind of hope. Like somebody is listening.”

And just like everyone involved in the project hoped, the music video made a huge impact.


Watch the full music video for “”1-800-273-8255.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression and might be having suicidal thoughts, please call 1-800-273-8255. Never be afraid to reach out and seek help. 

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Mexican Authorities Are Trying To Piece Together The Mysterious Death Of The 'Narcos' Location Scout Near Hidalgo

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Mexican Authorities Are Trying To Piece Together The Mysterious Death Of The ‘Narcos’ Location Scout Near Hidalgo

Carlos Muñoz Portal / Narcos / Facebook

Carlos Muñoz Portal was a renowned location scout, having worked for films such as “Apocalypto,” “Sicario,” and “Spectre.” Most recently, the 37-year-old was working for Netflix’s crime drama “Narcos,” which depicts the rise and fall of different drug cartels in Colombia, including Pablo Escobar and the Cali Cartel. Muñoz Portal was scouting locations in Mexico for the upcoming season 4 of “Narcos”, which reportedly focuses on the rise of the Juarez Cartel, when he was shot and killed, according to Variety. His death was confirmed by an anonymous friend to the Spanish newspaper El País. According to El País, there is an active investigation into Muñoz Portal’s death, though many details still remain a mystery. The New York Times reports Muñoz Portal was driving to the state of Mexico with a camera to do some scouting on Sept. 11. Hours later, his body was found in his car near the border of the state of Hidalgo. The unidentified friend believes that a foreigner in that area of Mexico with a camera might have sparked concern and suspicion, leading to a deadly confrontation.

“The car of the victim was embedded in a nopalera,” Claudio Barrera, a spokesperson for the attorney general of the state of Mexico, told El País. “We do not know if he was in Hidalgo and from there they followed him or if he was in the State of Mexico and tried to flee towards Hidalgo.”

Barrera also told El País that there were no witnesses to the crime, making the investigation difficult. Variety reports that the death of Muñoz Portal has caused doubts about whether or not the production of “Narcos” season 4 will continue in Mexico. Business Insider reports that Hidalgo has the highest murder rate in Mexico, with 12.2 people murdered per 100,000 residents.

“We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family,” read a statement released by Netflix. “The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.”

READ: As Someone Who Grew Up In Colombia This Is Why It’s Really Difficult To Watch ‘Narcos’

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