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Luis Guzman x Rasta Monsta x How to Make It in America

“Rasta Monsta, tastes like fruit punch, pero spicy.” —Rene

Luis Guzman is frikkin’ hilarious. I’m still debating the merits of HBO’s How to Make It in America (suspect acting, a vanilla take on streetwear/fashion, etc.) but one of the show’s main draws is “Rene” as portrayed by Guzman. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the LES, Guzman is a perfect fit for the show, lending authenticity to his Rasta Monsta advocate/Dominican loan shark of a character.

Saying Guzman has an extensive acting resume is like saying Lil Wayne has dropped a couple of songs here and there. Revisit many a movie—Carlito’s Way, Boogie Nights— and you’ll be like, “Oh s**t, he was in that flick too?!”

But what makes Guzman possibly the coolest cat to ever rep the LES? He farms, cheese. That’s why you may have noticed him in those Cabot ads. Farming, son. It gets no realer.

March 16, 2010 - Posted by | Freshness, News, T.V. | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Definitely an OG in the character actor game, great to see him get his shine on this show. One of the saving graces. I also rock with Victor too, he killed it in Raising Victor Vargas.

    Comment by Saul Goode | March 16, 2010

  2. Man, I want to email the staff at “How to Make It” like LET ME HELP YOU! Because I’m a New Yorker and I stopped watching after the first episode. on the flipside, I LOVE me some Victor Rasuk, I watched “Dogtown” because of him and I’m not even salty.

    Luis is like the Puerto Rican Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He just needs his chance I think.

    Comment by KillaHills | March 17, 2010

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