In 2008, as actors working in LA, Christina Treviño and Justin Price met on the set of low-budget boxing drama Cinco de Mayo: The Battle. The following year, she wrote-starred and he directed the $4,000 thriller Daddy's Home, shot in and around Texas' Rio Grande Valley. The movie was released locally in a few theaters in the summer of 2010 and on Tuesday, June 26th, it finally arrives on DVD courtesy of LA specialty distributor Vanguard Cinema. Treviño stars as a school teacher whose babysitting assignment turns into a confrontation with a demented, escaped-from-jail dad.
Along with the Hispanic cast, there is also Charlie Clark as Sheriff Travis. The owner of a Nissan car dealership in Harlingen is a longstanding local celebrity, having done various TV commercials and programs with an even unlikelier co star. Per a May 2005 Wall Street Journal profile:
In a popular television commercial here, a brawny, blond Texan named Charlie Clark pitches Nissan cars in perfect español. His sidekick, a slight 82-year-old Mexican woman, assures buyers they'll get a fair deal, or else: "Charlie will get a pau-pau," a spanking. This odd-couple routine might seem contrived to a mainstream American audience. But Clark and his childhood nanny, Aurora Aguirre, have struck a cultural chord among local Latinos, for whom nana -- Spanish for nanny -- represents a cherished matriarchal figure.
They appear jointly not just in commercials, but also in a local sitcom airing on Spanish-language television. In it, Clark plays the Green Ghost (a play on the word gringo), a masked superhero with a weakness for bella Latinas. Aguirre has the role of his guardian angel.
There has also been a Christian music show and a variety program, Orale, Charlie! If I were Vanguard, I'd be making sure Clark is clearly mentioned in all local TX advertising materials.