MEXICO CITY – The television series currently being filmed about the life of Mexican singer Jose Jose will be a “living tribute” that his fans will remember, actor Alejandro de la Madrid, who plays the iconic “Prince of songs,” told EFE on Thursday.
The Mexican actor portrays Jose Romula Sosa Ortiz, both in Mexico City in 1948 and who under the name of Jose Jose established himself as a reference point for romantic music in the Western Hemisphere.
“The important thing is not to do a bioseries, but a testimonial,” said De la Madrid about the program which will dramatize the life of the singer of “El Triste,” a melody that catapulted him into the music market at the 2nd Latin Song Festival in 1970.
De la Madrid said that the life of the singer of top hits such as “Almohada,” “40 y 20” and “La nave del olvido” is a “great story filled with music and success” that must be told.
“Jose Jose is part of our identity, part of many generations. We have him in our blood, he’s part of our families, our memories,” the actor said.
Regarding his participation in the series, De la Madrid said that playing the artist means “discovering how much there is to tell” about his life and realizing that “we know him only superficially,” including his arrival at the peak of his fame, his addictions and the deterioration in his health.
The actor – who has starred in series such as “El Señor de los cielos” (2013) and “Guerra de idolos” (2017) said that his greatest challenge today “is telling the true story that’s needed without offending,” since “it’s not an imitation” but rather “an interpretation” of Jose Jose’s life.
De la Madrid discussed the extensive research that has gone into making the series truly reflect both the good and the bad in Jose Jose’s more than 50-year career, during which he recorded more than 400 songs and sold 85 million albums.
He also says that the singer, now 69, remains “a tireless warrior” who is “full of life.”
Jose Jose recently underwent an operation to remove a pancreatic tumor, but now he is out of the hospital, according to his representative, Laura Nuñez.