Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin on Glee; Miami Celebs We'd Rather See
Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin will appear on an episode of Fox's Glee next year, according to Adam Anders, the show's executive music report. "We just announced Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan for a Spanglish episode," Anders tells Billboard.com. "We're just starting the planning, so I don't know [which songs the pair will sing.] I wouldn't tell you anyway."
Rumor has it that Martin will play the fictional school's Spanish teacher and Estefan would portray Santana Lopez's mom. But there's still room for a cute grandmother, overbearing step-father, and creeper, coke-head uncle.
Naturally, Cultist started thinking about what other Miami actors should fill those roles. Check out our list after the jump.
Ana Margarita Martínez-Casado
While's Glee's effort to embrace diversity and multiculturalism is commendable, Gloria Estefan's role wouldn't be complete without a cute, Spanish-speaking only old lady like Adela from ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? While the actress who played the role, Velia Martínez, died in '93, Ana Margarita Martínez-Casado, who played her daughter Juana, is still around. And at 81 years old, she'd be great for the role.
Some know him as Steven Bauer, others call him Rocky Echevarría, we simply refer to him as that creepy dude from ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? who starred opposite Al Pacino in Scarface. These days he's rocking out 'round Miami with his band, Underground Junction, and guest starring on Breaking Bad. He'd be great in the role of the creepy uncle who's taken in by Santana Lopez's family after a 14-month stint in prison. He can show up to glee club performances with a bottle of Jack and coke-nose.
Walter Mercado Shanti Ananda
Meet McKinley High's newest astrology professor. While he's Puerto Rico-based,
Walter Mercado's Shanti Ananda's a Miami institution and we'd love to see him on network television again. Damn you, Univision!
Andy Garcia may not be Miami-based anymore, but his roots are planted firmly in the city. After leaving Cuba with his family as a child, Garcia went on to graduate from Miami Beach Senior High and Florida International University. And in keeping with the ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? theme, his first on-screen kiss was on the PBS show. Garcia could easily fill the role of Estefan's husband/Lopez's overprotective father. He reminds us of every girl we dated in high school's intimidating, overprotective dad.
Ratner's one of those Miami bros we're embarrassed about. We're convinced that he's the "Douchey Embodiment of Miami's General Sense of Entitlement," and according to our poll, so do our readers. He thinks "rehearsal's for fags" and that Lindsay Lohan's crazy. He also claims to have "huge balls." Question is, are they big enough to go on an LGBT-friendly network dramedy?
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