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Carlos Carrasco

Immigrant Archive Project
Carlos Carrasco is a Panamanian-born actor, director, producer, with roles in Blood In Blood Out, Speed, Parker, The Fisher King, Turnover and HBO’s Looking among others. Carlos was kind enough to stop by our studio where we discussed his unique immigrant experience, a hilarious run-in with the law while at Stevens College and the challenges and blessings of his chosen career.
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In spite of all the obstacles and everything I did achieve
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enough of a, a degree of success that um I'm gonna be around
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50 years from now.
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Folks are gonna turn on the late show and speed is gonna be on
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I like that.
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I like that.
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Let's begin the way we do with all of these interviews with
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your name and, and nationality.
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OK.
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I am Carlos Enrique Carrasco Mandeville.
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You can't be Latino and not have four names, you know, and I'm
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from Panama at uh at, at, at what age Carlos did you come to the
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US?
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Came to the US?
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Around age 20 might have been 21 2021 prior to coming.
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Did you ever envision yourself leaving Panama for the US?
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Well, what happened is that I got exposed to American culture
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down there because when I was growing up, um the, the US was
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a big presence there.
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The, the United States has been a presence in Panama, like
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really a presence since the California gold rush.
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A lot of people don't realize this but the California gold
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rush happened through Panama because it was a lot easier then
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to steam down from the east coast, go overland in Panama.
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Panama's only 38 miles wide and then steam up to San Francisco
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to go do the gold rush.
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So in that traffic, it was kind of like the first time that Americans
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really started to uh establish a presence there.