Those who grew up watching Capulina's movies already know that, yes, they weren't Oscar material. However they were all about optimism and innocence , and in these times when Mexico is going through so much turbulence, violence and insecurity maybe it's time to remember Gaspar Henaine's naive though powerful message: you can change any situation just by smiling.
Long before Mexican movies were about strippers, cheap jokes and obscenity, Capulina's films had already captivated the audience who nicknamed him "The King of White Humor". He went on to make 84 movies and recorded a dozen of musical albums, more than most actors and singers don't achieve in a lifetime.
Many of his movies draw criticism for being way too "foolish", and some may argue that The Wizard of Oz is "silly" too... but don't you feel better after listening to Judy Garland's Over The Rainbow?
His partnership with the equally legendary "Viruta" (Marco Antonio Campos) delighted children, young people and adults altogether. They starred alongside some other stars like Lorena Velazquez, Alicia Bonet, Alfonso Arau (yes, the "Like Water for Chocolate" and "A Walk In The Clouds" director) and Victor Junco. In one of his most famous movies he starred opposite "El Santo", another Mexican film legend.
Gaspar Henaine "Capulina" was also a stand-up comedian but stopped working in 1997 as he was feeling "weak and old" according to his own words. Well, he was a senior citizen by then but as upbeat as a child.
This is itself why people loved him so much: his always present humor reminded us of how important is to travel light, no matter how hard things seem.
He closed his eyes on Friday September 30, 2011. Mr. Henaine died of complications from pneumonia and a gastric ulcer as announced by his granddaughter on Twitter. Now his star shines forever and all the movies he made are here to make us smile once in a while.
CAPULINA (Gaspar Henaine Perez)
Born: 1/6/1926, Chignahuapan, Puebla, Mexico
Died: 9/30/2011 Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Capulian's wesrterns - actor:
Un par... a todo dar - 1961
En peligro de muerte! - 1962
Capulina Speedy Gonzalez - 1970 (Capulina Espiridon Gonzalez)