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Rudy Youngblood

Updated on August 23, 2008

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!

APOCALYPTO

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

 

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An Introduction to Rudy Youngblood The former high school track star runs on screen to star in ''Apocalytpo'' By Karen Valby

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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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Rudy, what's up? Your performance in Apocalypto is superb! hoping to see you in many more films in the future.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: HOW? D: I want to meet him so bad

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wish you were Gay, and fell in love with me Rudy. You make me swoon.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i met him tonight

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      maann i love indians and especially his culture . hes handsome and a GREAT actor (: i love him to death <3 i would do anyhing to at leAst just to hear a Hi from him .

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Couldn't agree more with everyone's comments. I am of Mayan Decent, soy Guatemalteca! Apocalypto was a true vision into my heritage. Although gory, holds truth, something to pride myself on. I couldn't have hoped for a truer rep of our people. Gracias Rudy! Espero conocerlo un dia, si dios lo permite! Con Amor...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think you are so wonderful you did such a good job in apocalypto...And i think you are the hottest man alive (lol)...Iam also Native American my name is Cheyanna I am named after the cheyenne tribe well...enough of me I AM IN LOVE WITH YOU :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      rudy youngblood your movie apocalypto is verry good i look hem every day it's so amazing i am from mexico the movie is verry verry good i am a fan my compliments it's wonderful

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      looking forward to seeing more of Rudy Youngblood. Excellent actor.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      rudy young blood, great name for a great person. excellente job on apocalypto. huge fan..

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i think he is wounderful man.. god has blessed him with a heart .. and a very deep caring soul... i think he is amazing and be a super great role model.. for any boy to look up to for a mentor.. my son is almost 5 now and he loves Apocalypto..he is all into the indian way of life the history i love to see that interest come out of my son.. and Rudy is a big part of him becoming intrested in history.. i love it.. plus i personally have a crush on Rudy ..xo much love god bless

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      rudy youngblood is so cool in apocalypto when i wach apocalypto WOW ! omg !! i forgot everything !! :))))) rudy youngblood is my first love .. hope more movie to him!!! mwah mwah mwah !!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It is Grandma Claudia - just tryin to find you to say hi and love you - tab and I think bout you often and just want to hear from you that you are well

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree. We aren't awesome

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wonder what it would be like to have his heritage... it really makes a person wonder, doesn't it. He can do all this dance stuff and and act in all these movies that he wouldn't be able to do if he wasn't Native American. Americans (so-called Americans) are so BORING. Native American looking people can act as American people but American people CAN'T act as Native American people or do Native American dances or anything llike that. I wish I was of some cool ethnic race instead of American... Oh, well, can't change that, can I?

      Rudy, you're WONDERFUL! Keep acting and doing what you love!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh, God, why isn't he my husband? I'm 22, Rudy!

      Rudy has had such a hard childhood/life and he's such a good person. I don't know ANYONE who has such an open mind like him. Not to mention the fact that he's INCREDIBLY good looking and his eyes... Oh, his EYES! He has such beautiful eyes...

      MARRY ME, PLEASE, RUDY!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh, my GOSH!!!!!!! Rudy is SOOOOO handsome! If I was just 5 years younger I could marry him!!!!! Is it just me, or all the REALLY handsome movie stars born in the early 80s or late 70s? It's just not fair!!!!!

      Anyway, he was SO convincing in Apocalypto. He was my favorite character (although he's supposed to be, right?). Rudy, BE IN ANOTHER MOVIE!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I loooooove Rudy Youngblood. He's so talented (and beautiful hihi).

      Happy birthday Rudy... I wish you all the best and hope all your dreams come true!

      Dewy

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      If I could, I would talk with Rudy about his historical life and about Indians life. I want to know more and more about this. In Rudy's eyes i saw more information who can give me... Thanks

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      you r hot

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      you are so cute

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      reallllllllllyyyy u r veryyyy gud in acting and ur acting is looking so real.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      reallllllllllyyyy u r veryyyy gud in acting and ur acting is looking so real.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      rudy, i like you. apocalypto is one of the best movie i've ever seen

      i lke this movie so much ..

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      YOU REALLY WERE THE BEST GUY TO STAR IN APOCALYTO,YOU HAVE A FANTASIC PRESENCE ON SCREEN.I JUST COULD NOT TAKE MY EYES OF YOU AND I FOUND YOU VERY BELEIVEABLE.

      JUST HURRY UP AND MAKE ANOTHER MOVIE SO WE CAN SEE MORE OF YOU,I GOOGLED YOU AS REALLY WANTED TO KNOW WHO YOU WERE AND HOW YOU LANDED THE PART.NO one ELSE WOYULD OF GIVEN THAT PART WHAT YOU DID,ONCE AGAIN YOU WERE EXTREMELY BELEIVEABLE XX

      VICTORIA XX

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      well i absoutly love Apocalypto... im an American Indian also.. Apache.. raised by my non indian family and i wanted to tell you how great it is your an actor because we don't see many Native American Actors... keep up the good work!!!

      Kirstyn

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I've seen the movie 4 times. I would surely see it again. It is a great movie.

      And I loved the way Rudy played. Perfect.

      I am european, but a great admirer of native americans survival .

      Good luck,

      Michaela

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      hi rudy.. this i my first time i watched apocalypto and i realize that it was such a great movie.. i love the story and i really love you.. hope i'll see you :)) your avid fan!! muah!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      RUDY YOU ARE SOOOO SEXY.....THIS WAS THE BEST MOVIE DAT I WATCHED THAT I CONSIDER IT MY FAVORITE MOVIE.......I HAVE WATCHED THE MOVIE LIKE 10 TIMES ALREADY...I WOULD TO SEE YOU MAKING MORE MOVIES BECAUSE YOU ARE SO SEXY N I WANT TO SEE YOU AGAIN...

      benitezr42@yahoo.com

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      He rudyy you are sooo amazingg i saw your movie apocalypton i saw now for 7 times

      you are just a great actor and i hope that we should see more movie of you

      you are all thattt hot sexy handsome there is no one handsomer than youu!!!!

      would you pleass email me back ivy-mahadewsing@live.nl

      im so in lovee with you.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Apocalypto was BAD.....u were da perfct role for Jag Paw...my great grnd parnts are nat indians n i hv a deep interest...u made me further my love n curiosity 4 my roots..ur bad bro n wsh to c u n more roles to come...thanks for influencing me n keeping our roots abroad and n da forefront..peace miqueas@sbcglobal.net

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      rudy i LOVE YOU!!!!!

      apocalypto is my favorite movie!

      && you're like sooooooo hot!

      i want YOU

      :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Although I could be your mom, Dear Rudy,

      I want you to know that Mel Gibson picked the perfect person to star in his movie as "Jaguar Paw" in Apocalypto, such Grand acting. I also want to let you know that the "Indian Dancing" you have performed in the youtube video's, were supberb. I along with my son and nephew enjoy a lot of Indian music and History. You are indeed a very Handsome Lad, who can make young girl's Hearts melt. Take care and enjoy your life as you see fit, I'm sure you'll become very successful in all your accomplishments in Life. You are Young and will go very far as you have a whole life in front of you to fill with such Enthusiasm and Gifted Art's. Looking to see more of you in many more movies to come. Take Care

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hi rudy,

      i watched your show for the 1st time on star movies,

      and found out that you're so fit,i'm 9 yrs old by the way.

      you have been so famous just by acting out one or two shows.

      everybody is your big fan now,even my mother and father.

      how on earth did u learn the mayon language?it's so complicated.

      if u want to contact me contact me at:

      bretonlim@hotmail.com

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hi rudy,

      i watched your show for the 1st time on star movies,

      and found out that you're so fit,i'm 9 yrs old by the way.

      you have been so famous just by acting out one or two shows.

      everybody is your big fan now,even my mother and father.

      how on earth did u learn the mayon language?it's so complicated.

      if u want to contact me contact me at:

      bretonlim@hotmail.com

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hey rudy dis is priya i saw ur movie apocalypto, the movie is awesome... uve done a great job. u really really luk so brave and handsome in the movie. Do u kw somethg i was sitting in the edge of ma seat wen i was watching de movie. Hey i jus wanna ask u somethg did u really poached that animal..?? it was too scary.. hey u have a good physic man. i jus wanna make contact wid u. i kw u would be busy but still if u get time do contact me. dis is ma email id. priya87_raj@yaho.com. wil be waiting for ur reply.. after watching de movie really i say from de bottom of ma heart i really luv u man... especially ur beautiful long hair bcoz i do have long hair lyk u. Am sure u wil reply me.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      oh mii god you are so sexy rudy.....

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i went on this website at school n ma m8s sed ur fit but i like u more. i changed ma email its djwindsor56@live.co.uk seeya xx

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i didn't hear much about this Apocalypto movie in Australia. I am Aussie but never thought it was directed by my fela Aussie mate Mel Gibson. I was in front of my FOX tv one midday whilst off from work and saw the Fox schedule and tried the APOCALYPTO. Wow, i was so impressed. i love the movie and the cinematography and the acting is sure realistic. Gid onya Mel Gibson, whatta movie you made. i was bloody freaken so impressed with this APOCALYPTO. am proud of ya matey and so honoured that an aussie made this amazing film. i might buy a CD movie on my next trip to the mall so my kids can watch these INCA people that we don't know about. Interesting, very smart movie. I searched on the net about this movie and just found out the name of the Jaguar Paw actor. ey mate Youngblood Rudy, never heard about ya before. why not come to aussie and visit us here one day and bring with ya the great mel gibssy. onya to all. great movie, i really love it. am now googling about the INCAS.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hey rudy i would like to say again i bought the film and i watch it over and over again its so inspiring. I really do think your fit you are very brave and smart in the film. I have fallen in a dream of your beautiful face and gorgeous fit body im 12 in december so plz relpy to this my email is Danni56windsor@live.co.uk seeyaz xxxxxxx

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My friend daniella windsor told me that she thought you were fit so i looked at some of your pic and i must admitt that your fitter than i first expected! I haven't seen the movie yet but i'm hoping to see it fairly soon. I've heard that your a really good actor and are wondering wat else your in! let me no my e-mail is:

      pete-wentzishot@hotmail.co.uk plz reply

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My friend daniella windsor told me that she thought you were fit so i looked at some of your pic and i must admitt that your fitter than i first expected! I haven't seen the movie yet but i'm hoping to see it fairly soon. I've heard that your a really good actor and are wondering wat else your in! let me no my e-mail is:

      pete-wentzishot@hotmail.co.uk plz reply

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hey rudy i first watched apocalypto it is an amazing film! I really thought your name was jaguar paw hehe. i want to get to no you sometime my emial is Danni56Windsor@live.co.uk hope you email me seeya xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i saw apocalypto in theaters and man i wanted 2 see that again and now i have the movie and i injoy it every day and rudy youngblood iz a awsum acter , i kno most things about rudy ,he waz born in texas and born 1982 sept 21 woe he is gona be 27 soon well happy birthday rudy and injoy your career and boy if i had a thousand arms ill put all my thumbs up for that movie , im only 14 years old and im so into that film, gook luck ;)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Rudy,z got immense talent and i hope to see more of him in commercial movies as well and to know that it was just his frst movie as a lead i was really amazed to see his acting skills and he z quite an athlete whoa. He has a lot at his disposal and immensely talented bad to see that i was not able to find any other films of his where in i could see him more in at least a pair of jeans. Muaaaaaah. Y don't u try bollywood it also has a loadza disposal we will appreciate to hav such a talent hea in india as well wherein nowa dayz therez a hunt for Good acting talents as there are as many odd actors in bollywood who don't evn seem to to possess acting skill so Kudos and waiting fr ya .

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Rudy,you are a real star.What do u have for us next?My dream is to meet u one day and ask u how u managed that role in Apocalypto.

      Uganda(Pearl of Africa)has a good scenery.Come over and shoot a video.

      Good luck.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      kathleen1986@wp.pl I love You Rudy . I wan't know Your culture and You...:)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      hello ,I'm Polish girl. Rudy You are my ideal, you are very handsome boy and nice. in my opinion is very intelligent boy. I love Native American culture. You are the best and I love Your passion and I love Your performance. sweet.You are miracle. I don't know You but i think that. I wan't so much speak of You about Your culture.It is inspiration for me.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      What a great person!! Rudy you make me Proud to be Native American. I am Sioux from South Dakota. Could I adopt you as a younger brother?!! I would Love that!! Also, please don't let the acting career mess you up!!! Your a Great Person from what I know. Stay that way!! I am serious about adopting you as a brother!!!

      It would be great to hear from you! My email is ldrum_98@yahoo.com...Please let me know about letting me adopt you as a Brother. I am serious! Not because your an Actor, but a Terrific person!

      I have relatives in the Acting business. Steve Reevis is my Brother, Floyd Westerman is my Daughters' Grandfather. I used to live in California. My daughter has met you.

      Take Care Rudy and have Tremendous SUCCESS!!

      Peace!!

      Lornagene Drum

      Will be waiting for that email and answer!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      every since i saw his movie i have fell in love with his beautiful face and perfedtly whitr teeth!!!!!!!!!!1

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      every since i saw his movie i have fell in love with his beautiful face and perfedtly whitr teeth!!!!!!!!!!1

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      not bad for a beginner like rudy youngblood, acting as a professional. i was really amazed in this movie you never know what is next and if you predict what will happen you are assure to be wrong because there is a twist for every story....so much amazing!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Saw Apocalypto, and the scene with the tapir... when Blunted eats it balls, was too funny... made me think of my brothers-in-law, they are Maya.

      Rudy, don't worry about the naysayers... they're jealous... keep bringing your wonderful talent to us... man, you are just adorable!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      rudy youngblood is quite possibly the most gorgeous man i have ever watched on flim. he really is something else. i watched apocalypto twice today. i love that man.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      if your reading this rudy,i think your a great actor,apocolypto was and amazing film.:) I think you're really talented and some day i hope to meet you,ive seen some of your dancing and its really cool,I look forward in seeing you in other films.by the way i think you're really handsome:]

      good luck with everything tee dee nae

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I need to see more of the beautiful gift god gave to women, and his family. he is intelligent and sincere ,stay that way.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      A very fine movie. I am not afraid. Fear does rot the soul. Fantastic theme, and i really love the wordless communication of the eye contact during the whole film. If only there were more men like Jaguar Paw. Good on you Rudy.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i saw the movie for the first time last night. ive always heard of the movie but for some odd reason never watched it. i think rudy is sooo hot ands i would love to meet him one day!!!! he is a phenomenal actor. throughout the whole movie my eye was on him. this movie had me full of grabs and had me in awe!! i can't wait to see what he has in store for us to see next.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      hey rudy,

      good on you bro. i watched your movie apocalypto and thought it was amazing. the intensity captured in the eyes of the people is true to the spirit and soul of first nations peoples. i thought the research into the insults in mayan was true to form as well, in our culture up here on the pacific northwest coast kwakiutl country, the worst insult is "bastard dog" too, i found that quite interesting from a research point of view. at any rate, keep up the good work. good to see our people getting the lead roles and showing the world how talented our nations are.

      wakanalagalis

      namgis tribe alert bay bc canada

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Apocalypto is a breathe taking movie. What better to add with a breathe taking actor. Rudy Youngblood is truly blessed and beautiful. I have watched the movie more than five times already.I really hope one day I would have the honor of meeting him. Ya never know what could happen. I love you Rudy!!!!!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      i love rudy youngblood he's a great actor and i can't wait to see him in other movies.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      wow, he soo talented. not only is hetalented but hes beautiful! i loved loved loved Apocalypto, :D i hope to see more of him in more amazing movies *and my dreams*

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      *drooling* white people can't top this. He's sooo damn fineeee!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love rudy youngblood he is so gorgeous and is a good actor ive seen an interview and hes so intelligent im in love he also has a gorgeous body if you're reading this im your number one fan and i think your the best actor ever in your movie Apocalypto i went crazy its my fav movie i love you so much.