With credits like ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ ‘Stand and Deliver,’ ‘Miami Vice,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Dexter’ and so many others, you might assume Edward James Olmos has few regrets when it comes to his career. But the actor says he looks back on one rejected role and sees a missed opportunity.
“I was given the opportunity to do ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes,’ and I chose not to,” he says. Edward, who is of Mexican descent, was offered the role of the devil. Since he didn’t know the director at the time, he was concerned about what the character might turn into. “We don’t have an opportunity too much to create characters, especially because of our ethnicity,” Edward says. “At that moment in time, our position in life artistically wasn’t set enough to take that.”
Now, Edward is starring in ‘Go for Sisters,’ a film about two estranged childhood friends who reconnect years later when one is assigned as the other’s probation officer. The probation officer’s son goes missing in Mexico, and the women enlist the help of a disgraced detective, played by Edward, to find him.
Edward praises director John Sayles work on the movie, calling it “one of his best pieces” and is more than enthusiastic about his personal involvement in the film.
“It’s one of the most extraordinary experience I’ve had in acting,” he says.
To find out what Edward took from the 'Battlestar Galactica' set, watch this episode of Daily Shot.