Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Walter Mercado knew how to make an entrance.
Just ask the filmmakers behind the new Netflix documentary “Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado” about meeting the iconic television astrologer for the first time at his home just outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“We go into his office and meet his secretary and his nieces and they take us upstairs to one of his sitting rooms,” co-director Kareem Tabsch tells Variety. “It's a sunken and about three steps down. It’s jammed full of books, religious iconography, pictures of James Dean, Rita Hayworth and Oscar Wilde and La Virgen de la Caridad. We're probably kept waiting for about 40 or 45 minutes when all of a sudden, Walter just appears hovering. You know, he's dressed like Christina, Alex, he's dressed head to toe and white linen with his mane of hair and these gold Yves Saint Laurent glasses. He’s basically like a vision three feet above us.”
Co-director Cristina Constantini said, “It is the closest to a religious experience I've ever had.”
“Mucho Mucho Amor” traces Mercado’s rise from a local television astrologer in Puerto Rico in the late 1960s to international superstar … — Marc Malkin/@Variety