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Spain’s Raphael Says Films Still an Interest as He Accepts Platino Award

MADRID – Spanish singer Raphael, who has appeared in such films as “Digan lo que digan,” “Mi gran noche” and “El golfo,” said after receiving the Platino Honor Award at an event in the Spanish capital on Tuesday that he was still interested in appearing on the big screen.

“Yes, there will be some other movie because what happens to me is that every morning when I wake up I have a new desire,” the 75-year-old singer said in a press conference.

Raphael said that if he returned to films, it would be with his “life-long friend,” Enrique Cerezo, a producer, president of the Spain-based Audiovisual Producers’ Rights Management Entity (EGEDA) and owner of Flixole, the so-called “Spanish Netflix.”

Raphael said he did not regret “anything” about his film career and was willing to make more movies, adding that he did not known “when” this would be.

If he had to choose an actor to play him on the big screen, the singer said he would not choose that person himself because “no one” would like it.

The singer said his current focus was the “Loco por Cantar” international tour, which has taken him to Paris, St. Petersburg and Moscow, among other cities.

In May, he will kick off his “Tour Resinphonico” in Spain, where he will perform songs from his latest album, which was produced by Lucas Vidal.

The legendary singer, who describes himself as “someone who is always on the go,” that is, someone who does not want to lose his connection to young people, said one performer he would like to work with was Pablo Lopez, a musician who launched his career while competing on the reality talent show “Operacion Triunfo” in 2008.

Raphael said that even though he has led “a privileged” life, things were not “so easy” for him at the beginning of his career, since he had to knock on doors in “town after town, at radio station by radio station, winning a contest every day.”

The singer said the music industry worked differently today and “everything happens faster, and that’s also why (an artist’s) success is much less secure.”

“Now, millions of people watch you at any time, but if you make a mistake more people see it, of course,” Raphael said.

The artist said that even though he has filled “stadiums with five generations” of fans, fame had not affected him “at all” because he remained surrounded by loved ones.

The Spanish singer has dedicated his entire career to music, film and television, becoming a musical “superstar” who has appeared in more than a dozen films, including “Digan lo que Digan,” “Mi Gran Noche,” “Sin un Adios,” “Volvere a Nacer,” “El Angel” and “El Golfo.”

Over the years, Raphael has performed in several Latin American countries and US cities, including Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Argentina, Uruguay, Puerto Rico and Miami.

He has released more than 60 albums and received 335 Gold Records, 50 Platinum Records and a Uranium Record for his sales of more than 50 million units worldwide.

Ever since he made his first appearance on stage at Spain’s Benidorm Festival in 1962, the singer has toured around the world – singing his songs and selling out every single concert – at such venues as New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Mexico’s National Auditorium, Paris’s Olympia, Moscow’s Bolshoi and the Sydney Opera House, Platino Awards organizers said.

The 6th Platino Awards for Ibero-American Cinema will take place on May 12 in Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

The awards gala will be held at the Gran Tlachco Theater at Xcaret Park for the second year in a row.

This year will be the first time the Platino Awards have been held in a previous location after being hosted by Panama in 2014, Marbella in 2015, Punta del Este in 2016 and Madrid in 2017.

The Platino Awards are promoted by the Spain-based Audiovisual Producers’ Rights Management Entity (EGEDA) and the Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers (FIPCA), with support from the Latin American Artists’ Federation (Latin Artis) and the AISGE (Performers’ Management Company) Foundation.

The goal of the Platino Awards has been to promote and disseminate Ibero-American cinema and help ensure that the films’ success at the most prestigious festivals is translated into outstanding results in commercial theaters.


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