Good omens, stunning outfits and gender identity play: a look at Walter Mercado's documentary

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By CAPosts 29 June, 2020 - 08:02pm 26 views

The entertainment content platform via streaming Netflix has just launched the trailer promotional of documentary work that chronicles aspects of the life of an emblematic figure of the latin American world's industry: Walter Mercado.

The project Many, much love: The legend of Walter Mercado detalla the life of the famous Puerto Rican born in 1932, who saw his last day on November 2, 2019 at the age of 87.

The work directed by Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch seeks so tribute to the popular character who with the practice of astrology and a quirky fashion sense conquered viewers many decades ago.

"When we started filming this, he was like an icon of our childhood; something that reminded us of our families, but in two years we became very close; Walter became like an uncle-grandfather, a weird, fabulous uncle, for us," Constantini said of his experience in the project.

Walter Mercado told him that from a young age they called him "Walter Milagros", because he had the ability to cure animals (Photo: Instagram@waltermercadotv)

Salted international fame thanks to his predictions of the future and a particular aesthetic in apparel y scenery, a bombastic style, which with affectionate words conquered audiences.

The astrologer left Puerto Rico in the 1980s after dabbling in dance and acting; he arrived in Miami, where he rooted with his charisma among the Latino public thanks to his personality and the advice he gave as a spiritual guide remotely.

And although he never publicly revealed his sexual orientation, the documentary will reveal his decomplicated way of seeing human sexuality within a sexist and homophobic environment, which today could be linked to aspects of the movement queer.

At the time, when journalists tried to pressure him to address the issue, Walter talked about mystical connections with nature and the gods, refusing to be typecast into a gender label.

The astrologer made time with his television interventions (Photo: Netflix)

He never waved the rainbow flag, nor did he measure into the gay prides, but he bravely stood up wearing much make-up, salon hairstyle, dazzling layers of sequins and ostentatious jewelry in a time when people simply didn't talk in front of a television camera about their sexuality.

"Thirty years ago... thirty years ago!... Walter talked about how the future wasn't going to be feminine and masculine. That the future would not be binary," Tabsch told the portal Cnet to promote the work.

The film project features figures of fame such as the playwright and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Mexican journalist Jorge Ramos, the talk show host Cristina Saralegui, of Cuban origin; Howard Stern, the Mexican comedian Eugenio Derbez - who was inspired by him to make his parodic character Julio Esteban - and Raúl "El Gordo" De Molina, characters that helped make way for the world of fame and that led him to define Hispanic television in the United States for decades.

Walter Mercado played with gender identity, even unknowingly (Photo: Instagram@waltermercadotv)

Many, much love samples Market life from his childhood in Ponce, Puerto Rico, his career as a dancer and actor, to achieving his foray into astrology. Officially released on January 24 at the Sundance festival in Park City, Uttah, in the United States, the documentary finalized its production the day before Walter's death, so the psychic could not see the final result.

Walter Mercado during an interview with Efe in Miami, Florida, USA (Photo: EFE/Giorgio Viera)

"Believe or don't believe in horoscopes and astrology, it touches your heart with its message of love and peace, And he also had a rogue sense of humor like no other," Kareem Tabsch told Efe on the red carpet.

"I think Walter was light years away from his time," Constantini said at the time.

Remembered mainly for his interventions in the Walter segment and the stars of the show Primer Impacto, of the Latin chain Univision, Walter popularized the phrase that defined him:

For more than 30 years, Mercado ended its segment with the loving phrase, making a circle on the chest in a sign of good vibe and wishing love for viewers, a message that reached directly to the 120 million viewers who waited every day for their predictions and good omens. Because no matter the zodiac sign, Walter Mercado's predictions were always positive.

'Primo Impact' was a barometer for me, to feel the affection, the devotion, the affection, the enormous admiration the public felt for me," he said at the time.

Walter Mercado's last public appearance was in August 2019, on the display of his outfits at the Miami History Museum (Photo: EFE)

However, the work not only sheds light on the positive aspects and the triumph of The Market, but also addresses the scam he suffered by one of his representatives, which almost left him bankrupt .

Despite being widely recognized, many aspects of Walter's life remained in the mystery, as the fortune he amassed and how he lost it, why he abruptly stopped doing public acts, the unknown that he did not want to be seen aging, his personal and family life, whether or not he would have offspring, details that the documentary next to be released on July 8 will be released.

Friends, family and collaborators gave the last goodbye to the astrologer (Photo: AP/Carlos Giusti)

The last public appearance

In August 2019, in a very deteriorating state of health, Market traveled to Miami to attend the inauguration of Man, much love: 50 years of Walter Mercado, a exhibition organized by the Miami History Museum.

The exhibition was visited by a large number of fans of the psychic and exhibited various objects and memorabilia (Photo: EFE)

The documentary's directors were there to capture the atmosphere of what represented his last public appearance, surrounded by supporters eager to make a selfie to his side and journalists lining up so they could interview him.

On that occasion, Jorge Ramos insisted on taking his age '87 ?

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