Edward James Olmos Quotes

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Good old Lt. Martin Castillo, played by Edward James Olmos, always had a sense of timeless wisdom to him.  EJO is well known from not only Miami Vice, but also if not moreso, from Battlestar Galactica.  Let’s hear what EJO has to share with us.

“Sometimes you gotta do things that you don’t really want to do. But you don’t do them for money.”

“On Miami Vice and Battlestar Galactica: Miami, although it took place among policemen, wasn’t about reality. It exploited reality to entertain. Battlestar is another thing. Despite it being set in space, it deals with real stuff.”

“I was the highest-paid actor — per word — in the history of television!” (commenting on his role as “Lt. Castillo” on “Miami Vice” (1984))

(2000, on an ideal day getting away from it all)” I would drive to Joshua Tree and spend the night there in my sleeping bag. The desert–it’s spiritual and Joshua Tree has some wonderful flatlands and rock formations. There are places to stay too, little hotels. But sleeping outside is what’s wonderful. It’s so darkly clear, and there’s no light from the city so the stars are very impressive.”

(2000) “I love to drive. It’s one of the most pleasurable things to me. I have a 1986 Porsche–it’s got over 100,000 miles on it. Most people don’t drive their Porches at all, but I drive mine like most people drive their Volkswagen.”

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