Tenoch Huerta

José Tenoch Huerta Mejía (Spanish: [teˈnotʃ ˈweɾta]; born 29 January 1981)[1] is a Mexican actor. He has appeared in a number of movies in Latin America and Spain, starring in both feature films, short films, and Narcos: Mexico, credited as Tenoch Huerta. He is featured in Mónica Maristain's book, 30 Actors Made in Mexico. He played Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and was credited as Tenoch Huerta Mejía.[2][3]

Tenoch Huerta
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Huerta at San Diego Comic-Con 2022
Born
José Tenoch Huerta Mejía

(1981-01-29) 29 January 1981 (age 42)
Other namesTenoch Huerta Mejía
OccupationActor
Years active2006–present
Notable work

Early lifeEdit

Huerta was born in Ecatepec de Morelos, State of Mexico,[4] on 29 January 1981. His father, a film buff, enrolled him in an acting course with María Elena Saldaña, and Huerta's later studies were alongside Carlos Torres Torrija and Luis Felipe Tovar.[5]

Huerta is of Indigenous descent, with a Nahua maternal great-grandmother and a Purépecha paternal great-great-grandmother.[6] He does not self-identify as Indigenous.[7] However, he encourages people to learn more about their Indigenous heritage within and outside the community.[8]

CareerEdit

In 2006, he made his acting career debut in the film Asi del precipicio as a minor character. In 2009, he appeared in Cary Joji Fukunaga's film Sin nombre in the role of Li'l Mago, leader of the Tapachula faction of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang.

In 2015, he appeared as Carlos Mamami in the biographical disaster survival film The 33, Alejo in Camino. In 2018, he began portraying Rafael Caro Quintero in Netflix's Narcos: Mexico.

In 2021, he appeared as Juan in The Forever Purge, the fifth film of The Purge franchise, alongside his fellow Narcos: Mexico costar Alejandro Edda.[9]

In 2022 during a San Diego Comic-Con presentation for the Marvel Studios film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Huerta was revealed to have joined the cast and revealed to be portraying Namor.[10] In Mexico, most reactions were positive. There was also a minority of negative reactions that were characterized as expressions of racism and malinchismo.[11] Huerta himself spoke against racism in the film industry and stated that he was excited to play the character.[12][13]

AwardsEdit

Best Actor at the Short Short Film Festival in Mexico City, for his performance in Alonso Ruizpalacios' Café paraíso.[14] Huerta has also received five nominations for the Ariel Award, winning for Best Actor for his role in Días de Gracia in 2012.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Roles Notes
2006 Así del precipicio Window cleaner
2007 Malamados, en la soledad todo esta permitido Aarón
Déficit Adán
La zona Mario
2008 Sleep Dealer David Cruz
Café paraíso Gallo Short film
Road to Fame Domingo
Nesio El Araña
Soy mi madre Ramón
Just Walking David
2009 Sin nombre Lil' Mago
El horno Boyfriend Short film
2010 Marea alta Gerónimo
Depositarios Andrés
Chicogrande Doctor Terán
¿Cómo has estado? Obsmar Short film
El Infierno The Devil
Busco empleo Ramn Short film
2011 Cristeros y Federales Soldier Short film
Días de gracia Teacher / Lupe
2012 Vacaciones en el infierno Carlos
Cristiada Uncredited
Colosio: El asesinato Jesús "Chuy"
De tierra Julio Short film
La vida precoz y breve de Sabina Rivas Juan
Penumbra Ángel Short film
2013 La banqueta Abel Short film
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors Ricardo Sr.
2014 Güeros Sombra
Mercy Él Short film
Escobar: Paradise Lost Roldano Brother
El más buscado Charro Misterioso / Alfredo Ríos Galeana
2015 The 33 Carlos Mamani
Semana Santa Chávez
Camino Alejo
Spectre Mexican Man in Lift
Las Aparicio Juan
2016 La carga Francisco Tenamaztle
Vive por mí Gavilán
2017 El silencio es bienvenido Soldier 1
El autor Enrique
Tigers Are Not Afraid El Chino
Debris Armando Short film
2018 Bel Canto Comandante Benjamín
2020 Son of Monarchs Mendel
Dark Forces Franco
2021 The Forever Purge Juan
Madres Beto
2022 Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Namor Credited as Tenoch Huerta Mejía

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Roles Notes
2008 Capadocia Toño 2 episodes
2010 Los Minondo Nacho
2011 El Encanto del Águila Emiliano Zapata 5 episodes
2012 Cloroformo El Búfalo 13 episodes
2016 Hasta Que Te Conocí Nereo 3 episodes
2015–2016 Mozart in the Jungle Manuel 2 episodes
2016–2017 Blue Demon Alejandro Muñoz / Blue Demon 65 episodes
2018 Here on Earth Adán Cruz 8 episodes
2018–2020 Narcos: Mexico Rafael Caro Quintero 11 episodes
TBD The Chosen One Upcoming Netflix series adapted from Mark Millar's comics American Jesus

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mónica Maristain (13 April 2012). "Los Sueños de Tenoch Huerta". Planeta Ellas. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  2. ^ "'Black Panther 2' First Trailer Unveils Marvel's Emotional Return to Wakanda and War With Namor". Vaitey. 24 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Namor the Sub-Mariner dives into the new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer". AV Club. 24 July 2022.
  4. ^ Banda, Martín (10 November 2022). "De Ecatepec para el mundo: Tenoch Huerta, nuevo super héroe de Marvel". El Mañana. Retrieved 11 November 2022.
  5. ^ http://www.planetaellas. com/2012/04/13/los-suenos-de-tenoch-huerta/
  6. ^ "Twitter, Mi origen es Purépecha (tatarabuela paterna) y Nahua (bisabuela materna)".
  7. ^ "Twitter, No soy indigena".
  8. ^ Pulliam-Moore, Charles (31 October 2022). "Tenoch Huerta hopes Wakanda Forever helps Latin Americans embrace their roots". The Verge. Retrieved 3 November 2022.
  9. ^ "How Tenoch Huerta Transformed into Namor—and Transformed the Character in the Process". menshealth.com. 17 October 2022.
  10. ^ "Black Panther 2's Namor Actor Describes the 'Overwhelming' Experience Suiting up for the First Time". 26 July 2022.
  11. ^ "Tenoch Huerta como Namor despierta el malinchismo de los mexicanos". es-us.vida-estilo.yahoo.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  12. ^ Osborn, Catherine. "A Disjointed Western Hemisphere Gathers". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  13. ^ Hiatt, Brian (22 November 2022). "Namor vs. Aquaman, A Viral Speedo Tweet, and Other Burning Topics with Tenoch Huerta". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  14. ^ "Café paraíso Paradise Café". Secretaría de Cultura/Sistema de Información Cultural.

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