Laredo, Texas native Julio Cesar Ruiz stars in D.C. Comics’ new movie The Suicide Squad, which came out in threaters and HBO Max August 6, 2021 directed by James Gunn and featuring an All-Star cast including Idris Alba, Viola Davis, John Cena, Margot Robbie, and Sylvester Stallone. The movie is centered on Task Force X, which is an anti-hero team assembled by Amanda Waller, and their trek through Corto Maltese. “They arm them heavily and drop them on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese, located somewhere in South America.”
Ruiz brings the role of Milton to life, “who is helping out with the squad. Whatever way that is, good or bad, he’s there to help out the squad,” and also provides us with a bit of comedic relief throughout the action featurette.
“It is intense. It is action-packed. It is funny. I think it has a little bit of everything for everybody,” Ruiz describes the movie with excitement urging all of us to go out and watch it.
Though there may not have been many opportunities for “hollywood adventures” in Laredo, Ruiz still holds close to what his cultura taught him.
“You have to try. And that’s what was instilled in me from an early age from my grandparents, from my mom. Make sure that you try no matter what it is.”
As far as being a bilingual speaker (Spanish and English), Ruiz definitely brings much to the table, not just as an actor, but as a representation of many of our gente.
“The more you hear different languages on screen, it’s a beautiful thing, right?”
Ruiz’s character of Milton in this new movie does sprinkle some Spanish in his dialogue, which is important for people to hear and see in all types of media. Ruiz believes that “just like in any profession…it’s good to communicate with people in their native language because it just brings some kind of comfort to them.” He also believes that “storytelling is being more inclusive,” and that the representation of people of color is coming.
Throughout his continuous journey, Ruiz has learned that “just being kind with no expectations, like nothing in return, goes a long way. But then I promise you, it’s going to come back to you multiplied with much more love and kindness.”
Palabras which are part of all of us.
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