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What's it like to have this second act in your career?
It's great. That was always a point of conflict with Tommy and me. I wanted to keep moving and try other things and he wanted to stay with the same thing. So to truly invent myself in this other guise is a process of both stubbornness and luck.
What's your take on the immigration issue?
You know, it's the same bitching forever. We want cheap labor to come in and we want to persecute them at the same time. It sounds like my last marriage: "Yes, no, no, yes. Which one is it? I can deal with yes or no but not both at the same time!" But what's going to happen is that it's ultimately going to be very good for the country; we're bringing in a new source of labor and energy and insight. There's a saying in the Latino community: "We didn't cross the border; the border crossed us." What they're trying to do is impose artificial borders on the natural migratory patterns that have always been there. We just have to come up with a way to undo the hypocritical stance of persecution.
So is the time right for an updated Born In East LA?
I don't know what I would say new that I didn't say then. It's the same issue. People should just rent the movie twice as much.