25 years of her death, Selena Quintanilla, the ‘queen of tex-mex’, continues to generate headlines, and influencing popular culture in Latin america. His tragic and sudden murder inspired the movie of the same name and was premiered in 1997.
Selena, the movie, achieved two historic milestones: first, that Jennifer Lopez —the one chosen to play the singer— reach international fame; and second, they confirm the love, fanaticism and admiration of the Spanish speaking public to Selena Quintanilla.
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Produced by Warner Bros, the film directed by Gregory Nava began filming shortly after that Selena Quintanilla was murdered. For then, the family of the artist had already decided to direct the production.
However, from the castings until the official launch of the film, occurred various events which had not been revealed until recently. For this reason, here are 10 fun facts about the creation of the movie Selena.
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1. Around 22,000 girls did the casting for nterpretar Selena Quintanilla
According to the collected files, it is estimated that approximately 22,000 girls participated in the casting to get the role of Selena Quintanilla. After an arduous process of selection, Jennifer Lopez and Becky Lee Meza —who played the singer in her childhood— were chosen.
The family of Selena Quintanilla was not going to produce the movie
When the ‘queen of tex-mex’ he died, various producers thought making movies is not authorized on your life. Hence, despite the fact that it was not planned, the family of Selena Quintanilla decided to direct the production, so as to prevent them from spreading things that were not true about the singer.
After playing Selena, Jennifer Lopez managed to a fortune
Then interpret the ‘queen of tex-mex’, Jennifer Lopez gained recognition at the international level by their interpretation, which led her to win the MTV Movie Awards in 1997.
The following year, Lopez became the Latin best paid of Hollywood, as he won a million dollars for his starring role.
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Jennifer Lopez lived for a time with the sister of Selena
With the aim of polishing their performance, Jennifer Lopez went to live with the sister of Selena Quintanilla. She showed him videos and photos of the singer that no one else had seen.
“They gave Me access to things that are very intimate, her makeup bag, her perfume”, explained the artist during an interview 10 years after the premiere of the film.
Selena’s family did not want to talk about your love life
The singer’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, insisted on deleting the scene in which Selena Quintanilla and Chris Perez elope, because “he didn’t want the fans of your daughter to think that escape is the right thing”.
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Selena, the film: the tape with more extras in the history of Hollywood
Until now, no film has recorded a similar amount of extras, such as the one used in the feature film ” queen of tex-mex’.
In total, there were around 35,000 people that came to the Astrodome in Houston to shoot the scene of the final concert of the movie Selena.
The surprising age of the killer of Selena
Lupe Ontiveros, the actress who played the killer of the ‘queen of tex-mex’, he was 54 years old when he accepted the lead role of Yolanda Saldivar, who at that time was 34 years old.
The film used the original clothing of Selena Quintanilla
Despite the fact that for the costumes of the film were replicas of the clothing of Selena Quintanilla, when they filmed the scene of the Grammy family decided that Jennifer Lopez wore the same costume that she wore that night.
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The actors of the tape had a very low salary
For playing Abraham Quintanilla, father of Selena, Edward James Olmos just won 63.37 usd.
Selena, the movie: the tenth tape biographical highest grossing of the history
The estimated budget with the which was made the movie of Selena Quintanilla is around $ 20 million.
During its week of release, it grossed almost $ 12 million, and after four months in billboard got a little more than 35 million of revenue.