May 30, 2013
Jorge Rivero Dates a Drag Queen
So they put him in Westerns (Pistoleros de la frontera), Santo movies (Operacion 67), and comedies (Como pescar un marido, How to Fish for a Husband).
Offers from American, Argentine, German, and Italian productions came pouring in, and though Jorge still starred in many Mexican Westerns, dramas, and thrillers, he began appearing on the big screen in the U.S. as well: in Rio Lobo (1970), he starred opposite John Wayne and Robert Mitchum as a former Confederate soldier turned train robber.
And there was still room for buddy-bonding, as when he played the Western antihero El Payo.
Or in Priest of Love (1981), where he played Tony Luhan, the Native American who hosted bisexual writer D. H. Lawrence (Ian McKellan) during a visit to New Mexico.
Or in Conquest (1983), a sword-and-sorcery epic about a man with mystical powers (Jorge) and his buffed sidekick (Andrea Occhipinti).
No gay characters, but some homophobic content. Noches de cabaret (1978) is a Mexican comedic take on the Victor/Victoria theme. Jorge falls in love with a woman (Sasha Montenegro), but he thinks she's a drag queen. Upset over the idea of being in love with a man, he plans suicide. But Sasha reveals her true identity for a "happy" ending.
Quite a career for someone who started out getting beat up by Santo.