I first really noticed Peña on the big screen in a small role. He was in the Clint Eastwood film, MILLION DOLLAR BABY. Eastwood's 2004 film won the Oscar for Best Picture. Peña had a bigger role and played a key figure in the movie CRASH. That crime story about racial images in Los Angeles won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2005.
In this age of diversity and inclusion matters, a minority actor being able to boast of having worked in five Best Picture Oscar nominees -- and two of them won -- that's pretty significant. I would've mentioned that on GOOD MORNING AMERICA.
Michael Peña starred in a biopic that didn't seem to get much promotion and, unfortunately, didn't get much attention at the box office. But it's a credit he can still be proud to have on his resumé. He played a character who was extremely important to all of us in high school -- students and teachers alike. The Mexican-American actor played CESAR CHAVEZ in 2014. Actor Diego Luna (Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, MILK and ROGUE ONE) directed the biopic about the California civil rights activist and labor organizer. America Ferrara co-starred.
I would've mentioned that in the actor's GOOD MORNING AMERICA introduction too.
For comic book movie fans, Michael Peña announced that there will be a sequel to ANT-MAN. The big news is that he has completed the highly-anticipated film adaptation of the classic sci-fi fantasy novel, A WRINKLE IN TIME. Ava DuVernay directed the film. Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine also headline the cast.
I'd love to buy a ticket to that one right now. Bravo, Michael Peña! You are way overdue for movie stardom. You've earned it.