Golden Age: when Cantinflas wanted to steal a leading role from Clavillazo

Cantinflas would have been about to make Clavillazo not participate in his debut film (Photos: SINAFO/INAH)

Clavillazo had to go through many obstacles before achieving fame, one of them was Cantinflaswho tried brake than your colleague acted in his first movie.

Jose Antonio Hipolito Espino Morabetter known as Clavillazo, is one of the comedians Golden era of Mexican cinema, but his beginnings in the entertainment industry were not easy, in fact, on several occasions they tried to stop his career.

From a very young age Clavillazo He dreamed of being able to get to Mexico City and there exploit the talent that he already knew he had, that of making people have fun with his only gestures and funny comments.

Clavillazo had to go through many theaters, nightclubs and tents before reaching the cinema (Photo: INAH)
Clavillazo had to go through many theaters, nightclubs and tents before reaching the cinema (Photo: INAH)

However, in his youth it was impossible for him to reach the Mexican capital, because his father forced him to stay in his native Pueblawhere he worked as Butcher and then as baker.

One of the only times she managed to escape her dad’s gaze and make it to the Mexico City, thought that as soon as a producer saw how funny he was, he would immediately hire him for a production or a theater presentation; Nevertheless, did not run with that luck and had to work in a butcher shop and then return to Puebla.

It wasn’t until he was 23 that he was finally able to scrape together enough to look for a job at a large tentjoin her and get a separate job in order to continue supporting his dream of one day becoming a recognized artist.

José Antonio became the favorite of the public, so at 40 years old he finally got his first opportunity in the cinema (Photo: INAH)
José Antonio became the favorite of the public, so at 40 years old he finally got his first opportunity in the cinema (Photo: INAH)

After wrestling for several years, knocking on doors and beginning to gain a bit of fame, when he was 40 years old, his first opportunity to participate in a movie came.

Clavillazo he had managed to become so famous in the streets, theaters and tents, in addition, most of the comedy actors of that time already knew him because he had learned everyone’s routines and they used to call him to be the substitute in shows to which his colleagues did not arrive.

It is because of that Carlos Vejarone of the most important filmmakers of the moment, called him to star in his film, Mount of piety; however, word quickly spread that the producer was looking for a co-star for his new film.

Cantinflas had a strong romance with Miroslava Stern, it has even been said that it was for him that he would have committed suicide (Photo: Twitter/@XEB1220AM)
Cantinflas had a strong romance with Miroslava Stern, it has even been said that it was for him that he would have committed suicide (Photo: Twitter/@XEB1220AM)

Since at that time Mario Moreno Cantinflas already started his romance with Miroslava Stern and I also knew Clavillazoreceived information about the cast almost first-hand: the Czech would be the protagonist and, possibly, José Antonio as well.

The star couple of the film would not have liked Cantinflas because of his relationship with Stern, so I try to make his contacts and his fame influence so that he was the protagonist of the tape and not your colleague.

However, Véjar had already decided and wanted the poblano to be part of his production, so he prevented Moreno from achieving his goal and launched for the first time Clavillazo like actor of the big screen, although not as the co-star, that is how Espino Mora made his debut at the movies with Mount of piety (1950).

Clavillazo did manage to be part of the cast of "Mount of piety"but not as the protagonist (Photo: INAH)
Clavillazo did manage to be part of the cast of “Monte de Piedad”, but not as the protagonist (Photo: INAH)

Despite having had such an intricate beginning in his artistic career, starting with his first film, Clavillazo managed to attract the attention of more filmmakers and was called to play his iconic character in other films such as Pure Life!, millionaires Y golden legsamong 30 more.

Thanks to the resounding success he had from the beginning of his career in the seventh art, he managed to make his fortune grow so much that he himself founded his own tentBertha.

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