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    One Of Hollywood's Most Sought-After "Latino" Character Actors Is From New Zealand

    Life's a trip, que no?

    This is Cliff Curtis.

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    He's a talented actor who was recently cast as the lead in a yet-to-be-titled Walking Dead spinoff series. Curtis will play Sean Cabrera, a divorced teacher who is raising a son with his ex-wife. The character's surname, Cabrera, is Spanish, so Curtis will presumably be playing a Latino.

    Curtis, a New Zealander of Maori descent, is no stranger to Latino roles. He's done it so often — and so well — throughout his two-decade career that some people mistakenly believe he's Latino. Roles such as...

    Los Angeles gang member Smiley in Training Day

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    Marine Veteran Frank Herrera in Runaway Jury

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    Colombian terrorist Claudio Perrini in Collateral Damage

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    Detective Flores in Fracture

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    Emilio Restrepo in Colombiana

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    Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in Blow

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    Los Angelicos leader Javier Acosta in Gang Related

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    FBI Deputy Director Miguel Bowman in Live Free or Die Hard

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    Hey, his name is Miguel – close enough.

    Curtis says he understands the responsibility that comes with playing a different ethnicity.

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    He recently told Slate: "I take the responsibility of playing another ethnicity very, very seriously and I promise myself and those people that I will represent them with as much dignity and integrity as I can muster. I’m not fooling around. I don’t want to make a fool of that cultural heritage. I represent them as I would represent my own."

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