How the name “Cantinflas” came about almost 30 years after his death

Mario Moreno, “Cantinflas”, the greatest comedian in America Photo: Infobae

Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes, or better known as Cantinflaswas one of the most famous histriones, producers, screenwriters and comedians in Mexico. Today, April 20, 2022, 29 years of his death anniversary are commemorated.

By itself, his name gave off recognition throughout all of Mexico; However, after almost 3 decades of physical absence, his simple notoriety continues to cause rumors and various unknowns. One of the most predominant controversies in his environment that’s where the name came from Cantinflas.

In an interview for the portal ABCthe comedian referred to the origin of his name. The publication remained anonymous for several years until it was published after his death: “It is difficult for people to pinpoint exactly when ‘Cantiflas’ was born, but I can assure you that it was born with me, although it was until many years later that it gradually took shape”, he stressed in the publication named Laughter.

The interpreter had a career of more than 50 years and won the Golden Globe for his participation in Around the world in 80 days Photo: Tribute to Cantinflas G 2
The interpreter had a career of more than 50 years and won the Golden Globe for his participation in Around the world in 80 days Photo: Tribute to Cantinflas G 2

That was one of the last interventions where Mario Moreno addressed the issue of his name. Despite this, throughout his entire career of just over 50 years in which he established himself as one of the most important myths in Mexico, the actor greatly delved into the origin of his name; however, and over time, several of these publications have been put between said.

One of the best-known versions, and in turn with the most validity, was issued by another of the most transcendental thinkers in Mexican history, Carlos Monsivaiswho explained in one of his many works the origin of the name of Cantinflas.

The valuable Mexican thinker detailed in his essay, Cantinflas, there was the detail, which is due to the contraction of some of the words, which were articulated to him due to his erratic use of the language “singing”, as well as giving special emphasis to whether the nickname was born in the tent, which were a type of traveling theater that It reached its peak in the 1900s.

One of the most well-known and, at the same time, most valid versions of the name Cantinflas was said by Carlos Monsiváis Photo: The Cantinflas centenary (Iberia Airlines)
One of the most well-known and, at the same time, most valid versions of the name Cantinflas was said by Carlos Monsiváis Photo: The Cantinflas centenary (Iberia Airlines)

“According to a legend, with which he agrees, the young Mario Moreno, intimidated by stage fright, once in the tent Ofelia forgot her original monologue. He began to say the first thing that comes to mind in a complete emancipation of words and phrases and what comes out is a brilliant incoherence, ”argued the Mexican lawyer in one of his essays.

Another of the versions that was previously said in the live voice of the interpreter himself, who was recognized at the time by Charles Chaplin What “the best comedian alive”, It was during his last television interview in 1992, where he alluded to his name out of a desire to remain anonymous for his family.

I made it up to camouflage my real name, to prevent my family from finding out that I was working on this…”, detailed the iconic interpreter who participated in the multi-award winning film, Around the world in eighty days.

Javier Moreno, one of his direct descendants, undermined after several decades the origin of Cantinflas's fame.  Photo: Cantinflas at MDQ 1961/Mar del Plata Film Festival
Javier Moreno, one of his direct descendants, undermined after several decades the origin of Cantinflas’s fame. Photo: Cantinflas at MDQ 1961/Mar del Plata Film Festival

Finally, after many years of remaining unknown about the name of the creator of the termsing, Javier Moreno, one of his direct descendants, undermined after several decades about the origin of Cantinflas.

“This story about what ‘inflas en la cantina’ means was created by the people, something that Mario Moreno found very funny. The truth of the nickname or nickname or rather the name of the character that he produced, only he knew and took it to the grave “, he argued to the followers about Mario Moreno Cantinflas.

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