When I visit friends in Mexico I make a point to visit adult shops (that is what is known as a writeoff). And Mexicans buy and rent porn DVDs like it’s 1999. Why, then, did the first Spanish language porno—and a parody of a hit Univision show, no less—take such a long time to be made?
“It’s been difficult to get the industry behind what we are doing,” says Román Tamez of Dulce Films, producer of “(Esta Es No Es) El Gordo y La Flaca XXX,” [see review here] a porn parody of the long-running Miami-based Univision show that combines elements of “Regis And Kathy Lee” with “Hee Haw” and “Donny & Marie.” “We get plenty of interest outside of porn circles. If Univision distributed porn we would be doing huge numbers.”
For example, the real “El Gordo y La Flace” devoted a lengthy segment to the parody, interviewing married stars Marco Banderas and Lisa de Marco (the show got a lot of mileage out of Banderas, whose producer character is based on a Little Person).
CUIDADO: It’s in Spanish.
“El Gordo y La Flaca XXX” was directed by Shy Love and features porn performers whose Espanol skills are rarely, if ever, featured elsewhere, such as Spain’s Banderas and Mexican-American Yurizan Beltran.
“It’s taken three years to get this off the ground,” says Tamez, who made the film in 2010. “Last year we finally convinced Hustler to distribute, but before that it was difficult to get a deal. And I talked to all the majors.”
It seems odd that there would be hesitance around combining L.A. porn talent with a hit Spanish-language TV show parody and aiming it at a population that actually buys DVDs.
“The Spanish market is still undetermined,” Tamez says. “This is our first feature and sales will need to be well above average for us to be competitive. If it proves to be a new niche market I’m sure we will see some competition from established studios.”
There is a lot of buzz about this movie in Spanish-language media. When porn parodies first became popular again, they too got coverage from sites like G4 and TMZ, but that interest has died down.
“Luckily we have been able to make headway in the Spanish media and we will continue to brand ourselves within the Spanish mainstream as much as possible so we can have a recognizable name with consumers,” Tamez says. “All the demographics say this should be a viable market considering the lack of content available to Spanish speakers, but right now it’s a wait and see situation.”
Will Erik Estrada eventually be involved?
“We are working on a couple more parodies of variety shows similar to “El Gordo y La Flaca” and we are set to start production on a parody of the biggest telenovela of all time, “La Reina Del Sur,” as well as developing our Spanish language online properties that we will start shooting content for some time in June.”
Previously on Porn Valley Observed: “El Gordo y La Flace” review