You should be expecting this kind of a response from me, Phil my brother! ha ha!
But, I really do not think Milian is as good an actor as he thinks he is. I do not think he is without talent, though. I actually think he is a fine actor. He did some wonderful work in several films. But, I think the success he had with some of those films resulted in his buying into his own hype, so to speak. If he was as great, grand, and glorious an actor as he thinks he is he would not have hammed it up so darn much in films like THE WHITE, THE YELLOW AND THE BLACK, SONNY AND JED, and RUN MAN RUN. In those films, which have tons of comedy elements in them, I think Milian plays it too safe by going for the obvious and makes the easy choice to engage in over-the-top mugging and face-pulling. It is just my personal feeling, but I think a better actor would have gone for something a little more challenging, subtle, or certainly less obvious. In the film we are discussing here, I think Milian is somewhere between being brilliant (as he was in THE BIG GUNDOWN, FACE TO FACE, TEPEPA, and to a lesser degree THE BOUNTY KILLER and DJANGO KILL) and ridiculous. That is why I find his performance, and COMPANEROS itself, to be somewhat uneven. Enjoyable, to be sure..but, uneven.
I don't mind the interviews with Tomas, by the way---in fact, I really enjoy them! I find them entertaining and informative.
And I really don't hate Milian the way a lot of folks think I do! I just don't think he is as great an actor as he keeps telling everyone he is!