In August 1995, director Robert Rodriguez released “Desperado,” his follow up to his 1993 low-budget cult hit, “El Mariachi.”
For the sequel, Rodriguez had a bigger budget, and a cast that included young actors Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. But getting to see “Desperado” on the big screen, wasn’t easy For my friends and I.
A group of about 7 of us had planned on seeing “Desperado” one Thursday afternoon at the Harborlight Mall in Weymouth. In the group were Laneit, Wah Kee, Jim, Chris, another Chris, and a couple of other kids that were friends with the second Chris, and of course me.
Since the movie was rated R, the plan was for me to buy everyone’s tickets. See, out of everyone planning to go, I was the only one that was 17. But at the time I didn’t have a license yet, just a drivers permit, and the girl at the counter said that wasn’t good enough. We could have thrown a tantrum in the middle of the lobby, but Laneit had a better idea: his dad worked across the street. He can come buy us the tickets.
People in the mall parking lot probably thought we stole something as they saw us running across the lot headed towards the Uhaul center where Laneit’s dad worked. Once there, we found Laneit’s dad was on his break, but we managed to convince him to come back with us and tell off the girl at the movies.
Not really, we didn’t ask him to do that, I’m only joking. We explained what happened and he agreed to buy the tickets for us.
Bakc at the ticket counter, Laneit’s dad said he needed tickets for all of his children. You should have seen the girl’s face! She said something like “Your kids?” and Laneit’s dad replied, “Yes, these are all mine.” Why was this funny you may ask?
Because in the group we had one hispanic, one Chinese, one of the Chris’ was black, and Laneit was just goofy looking. So after the girl looked at us again, she tried asking Laneit’s dad if we were really all his kids. Laneit’s dad simply replied: “from different mothers.”
That scene is what I remember the most about that day. Could I tell you what happened in “Desperado”? Nope, I don’t remember too much about the plot. All I do remember was Antonio Banderas singing, and Salma Hayek getting nekkid. But I don’t remember what was going on around them. But that’s okay, because at least something fun happened that day.