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John Leguizamo's Tales From A Ghetto Klown

Actor John Leguizamo.
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Actor John Leguizamo.

Airs Friday, October 19, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

"Tales From A Ghetto Klown" profiles award-winning actor and playwright John Leguizamo’s unorthodox rise to success and his struggles to mount his latest one-man show on Broadway and beyond.

Starting with a survey of his Colombian and “NuyoRican” roots and building to his high-profile career in Hollywood, Leguizamo bares his soul (as do his colleagues, family members and celebrity friends) in this behind-the-scenes glimpse of one of the industry’s most versatile actors.

After the Broadway success of his latest show, "Ghetto Klown," Leguizamo goes on the road to his native Colombia and performs it in Spanish. The film, directed by Ben DeJesus, documents the entire journey, including such bumps along the way as his struggles to translate the show and his insecurities over his rusty language skills.


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Trailer: John Leguizamo's Tales From A Ghetto Klown