With Latinos accounting for more than 50.5 million (0r 16 percent) of the U.S. population, according to the latest Census numbers, Hollywood has developed a fascination with the Latino community--and in particular, La La Land seems to be fascinated with the Spanish language.
An increasing number of celebs are speaking Spanish these days in movies, on television shows, and in their music. But it's not the Spanish we all know and love, or even the Español we all understand. No, señor! Hollywood has discovered that audiences find it funny (scratch that, hilarious!) when people speak really bad Spanish, so when Español is used in movies or on television, it's often used to achieve comedic effect.
From Kristen Wiig in "Bridesmaids" to Will Ferrell in "Casa de mi Padre," to Mayor Mike Bloomberg in (well, you'll see!), we proudly present our favorite celebrities (trying) to speak Spanish.
CHECK OUT THIS SLIDESHOW OF LATINO AND NON-LATINO CELEBS ON SPANISH LANGUAGE TV
Tom Hanks, "¡Despierta América!"
Last June, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks ("Forrest Gump," "Cast Away"), appeared on Univision's Spanish-language morning show, "¡<em>Despierta América</em>!" and even though Hanks looked like he was lost in translation (he doesn't speak Spanish), the actor did a memorable little dance on the show and earned the nickname "Tomasito." He was also paired up with weather girl, Chiqui Delgado. Late-night talk show host David Letterman <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0e_uVVy-TI" target="_hplink">made fun of Hanks' appearance on Despierta America a few days later</a>, and Tom explained why he appeared on the show. "I was in Miami and I appeared on Univision, which is one of the great experiences, everybody's gotta go on Univision!" he said. "Univision has an audience of about 800 million people and yours is what, like 490...something like that," Hanks said, taking a fun jab at his friend.
Will Smith, "El Hormiguero"
Are we sure Will Smith isn't Latino? When the Oscar-nominated actor appeared on the Spanish TV show "El Hormiguero," he did a great job speaking Spanish! Do you agree?
Jennifer Lopez, "¡Despierta América!"
Last October, Puerto Rican superstar Jennifer Lopez appeared on <em>¡Despierta América"</em> (Via satellite from Uncasville, Connecticut), to talk about her fashion line at Kohl's, and even though Lopez isn't fully fluent in Spanish, her appearance was really charming!
Selena Gomez, "¡Despierta América!"
Selena Gomez, who is in the process of learning Spanish</a>, was asked questions in Spanish, but gave answers in English when she appeared as a guest on ¡Despierta América!" last year. During the interview, Selena received big applause when she confirmed plans to record a Spanish-language album.
Cameron Diaz, "¡Despierta América!"
The part-Cuban actress took questions from fans when she appeared on "¡<em>Despierta América</em>!" last June, and talked about her love of Cuban food, especially Ropa Vieja! She also took the opportunity to show off her Spanish dancing skills!
Taylor Lautner, "¡Despierta América!,"
Taylor Lautner had technical difficulties when he appeared on "¡Despierta América!," and his translator lost communication with him! Not knowing what to do, the "Twilight" star opened his mouth up wide and gave the show's anchors a puzzled look, until they rescued him by talking to him in English. At the end of the show, Taylor learned a little Spanish, and said the words, "Vamos, a una pausa."<em> Que lindo</em>!