Rising American Indian Star
Rudy is Comanche, Cree, and Yaqui. He is a hot actor to watch for. He plays Jaguar Paw in Apocalypto. Grass Dancer, musician, artist, and fluent in Spanish, a lot of talent for Hollywood actors to keep up with. Champion boxer, track star, athlete, carpenter, bricklayer by trade, he has been working since a teen to help raise his two sisters.
I'm hoping we see a lot more of him in good films to come. We need more American Indian actors, especially someone as gifted as Rudy to represent Indian people. As you probably see, there is not a lot of American Indian actors. Maybe Rudy can start a trend, and pave the way for more young actors!
RUDY YOUNGBLOOD (Jaguar Paw) makes his acting debut in the lead role of APOCALYPTO. Also known as Tee-Dee-Nae (“Strong Boy”), Youngblood is a gifted grass dancer, powwow singer and artist. He, along with Michelle Hall and Patrick Shendo Mirabal, created and produced “Elements,” a Native American theatrical production of dance, music, film and storytelling to debut in Spring 2007.
Rudy is of the Comanche, Cree and Yaqui people and was raised in Washington state, Texas and Arizona. His pow-wow circuit has taken him throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. His latest work includes two seasons in Peter Buffett’s “Spirit—The Seventh Fire” as a key cast member: the “Warrior Protector” and solo artist of the poignant “Chicken Dance” scene. He has toured with the Native American Dance Theatre. Opening-act opportunities have included the Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets, the musical sensation The String Cheese Incident, the original Navajo Code Talkers, a Purple Hearts Awards Ceremony and a presentation before General Colin Powell, to name just a few.
Youngblood is a skilled horseman, avid outdoorsman, athlete and a championship boxer and cross-country runner. As an artist, he incorporates oil and acrylic paints, prismacolors, pastels and charcoal into his work. He is always looking for ways in which he can give back to his Native community and honor his family as well as the culture and traditions of his people. Proud of where he comes from and who he is, Youngblood is honored to stand for something other than himself, both as an individual and as a human being. This article is from Cinemareview.com
You know the saying that Ginger Rogers had to do everything Fred Astaire did, but backward and in heels? Well, in his acting debut, the Apocalypto star, 25, had to anchor Mel Gibson's chase movie in a loincloth and speak in an ancient Mayan dialect. Here, we get to know the man on the run.
He's just a country boy from Texas. The high school track and boxing star grew up in Belton, a ''blinking light'' town an hour north of Austin, working from the time he was in junior high to help raise his two younger sisters. ''By trade, I'm a brick and rock layer, I do paint- and bodywork, I'm a carpenter and a landscaper. I always felt that there was something more meant for me than this life in a small town. Acting is what I want to pursue. But don't get me wrong, I still love to do that kind of work.''
His wardrobe won't change to suit Hollywood. Youngblood, who's part Comanche and part Cree, moved to L.A. in 2005, fresh off a tour dancing in the Native American-themed Spirit — The Seventh Fire. Soon after, ''I heard about the Apocalypto audition and showed up in my Wranglers and lucky boots. All the guys were GQ'd up, so I started thinking, Should I have dressed nicer? But I'll probably wear the same thing to the premiere.''
Youngblood dreams small and travels light. ''I thought I was just trying out for the part of some extra, the guy in the background eating a piece of chicken. I met with Mel three times. After the third round, he called me around eight at night and said, 'You got the lead!' The next morning I flew to Mexico City with a bag full of dirty laundry and stayed there for a year.''
When in pain, he keeps on running. ''During the shoot, I tore three ligaments in each foot. I ripped my quad muscle, separated my shoulder, popped out my collarbone, and I ran for months with a two-and-a-half-inch thorn in the bottom of my foot. But I'm from Texas and nobody's going to be my mama.''href="http://www.spirit7thfire.com/view.htm">http://www.spirit7thfire.com/view.htm
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