Title a greater documentary on Netflix proper now than Walter Mercado’s Mucho Mucho Amor; we’ll wait.
The movie invitations us into Walter’s non-public life for the primary time ever, and gives an intimate have a look at the life and legend of the Puerto Rican clairvoyant who was an icon for the Latinx neighborhood.
Willie was Walter’s proper hand, “and the left one, too.”
Willie got here into Walter’s life at a really younger age, and the 2 grew to become like household. “Willie is with me all the time,” Walter says in early moments of the documentary, including that he has been serving to the star with the whole lot virtually since his profession started to take off.
“I help Walter in the whole lot that he wants,” Willie explains, which incorporates choosing garments, caring for his canine, Runo, feeding him, buying with him, defending him “from the whole lot,” and holding him firm.
“He is aware of the whole lot,” Walter chuckles. “All of my secrets and techniques.”
The assistant additionally is aware of Walter’s complete life story and is ready to relay it on digital camera, all the way down to the particular dates on which his applications first aired, a testomony to their skilled and private bond.
Had been Willie Acosta and Walter Mercado lovers?
“The Latino neighborhood was fairly homophobic, particularly [in the] ’70s, ’80s, I imply, nonetheless these days,” LGBTQ activist Karlo Karlo says within the movie concerning the myriad rumors that circulated for years about Walter’s sexuality.
Even Willie describes Walter’s power as very female. “He is an androgyne,” he explains to producers at one level. “He appears to be like like a lady. Typically, he appears to be like like a person.”
However the rumor mill by no means bothered Walter, who explains that he had been misgendered since he was a baby talking on the cellphone, and by no means let exterior perceptions get in his manner.
“Walter all the time takes a tablet known as an I-don’t-care tablet,” Willie poignantly gives. “And I began consuming that tablet, too.”
How would Walter outline his sexuality? It is a matter that has come up many occasions in interviews, although the Puerto Rican star by no means instantly addressed it. There is a purpose, he reveals.
“As a result of I’ve sexuality with the wind, with the flowers within the backyard, with all the attractive show of nature,” he says in a second of pure poetry. “I do not want an individual to make me joyful, to have an orgasmic expertise, no.”
“I’ve intercourse with life,” he says. “I’ve intercourse with the whole lot, with garments, with magnificence.”
Whereas it is easy to take a position that there might need been a sexual part to Willie and Walter’s relationship, the previous clears that up within the documentary, as nicely.
“Folks assume that I am his lover,” he clarifies at one level, surrounding the dialogue of Walter’s id and sexuality. “I do not know what they assume. They assume I’ve a relation with him. And my relation with Walter is a really household relation. I’ve by no means touched Walter with a finger. By no means in my life.”
The place is Willie Acosta now?
We managed to search out Willie on Fb and admit have been moved to tears to see that he hardly posts any updates, and that when he does, he speaks of his beloved Walter and the way a lot he misses his pal.
Across the time of his demise, Willie posted a really shifting tribute, mentioning the way it was the dignity of his life to work for Walter for half a century, including that if given the chance to reincarnate and do it once more, he would rise to the event gladly.
Most lately, on March 9, which might have been Walter’s birthday, Willie logged on to Fb for an additional touching publish about his late pal.
Willie continues to stay in San Juan, the place he was born, and we want him mucho, mucho amor.