In the ’70s, Walter Mercado, a Puerto Rican actor, was on a talk show, where the host asked him about his interest in astrology. He spoke about the signs and the stars, and from that simple segment a bejeweled sorcerer juggernaut was born.
Mercado’s astrological musings proved so popular that from the ’70s to the 2000s, he built a multinational Spanish television and radio astrology program that reached around 120 million people. In 2010, he abruptly ceased his show and disappeared from the public eye.
Mercado died in November of 2019, and the new documentary “Mucho Mucho Amor” on Netflix pays tribute to the flamboyant astrologer’s outsize personality and explores his reasons for retreating from public life.
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The documentary currently sits at No. 7 on Netflix’s Top 10 list and has received positive reviews across the board with a current Rotten Tomatoes rating of 100%.
Cristina Costantini is one of the co-directors along with Kareem Tabsch. Constantini was born in Milwaukee and attended University School, where she graduated in the class of 2007. She went on to attend Yale University. Since then, she’s reported for The Huffington Post, ABC News, Univision and more. Her first TV documentary “Pimp City” was nominated for two Emmys.
“Mucho Mucho Amor” goes behind the scenes of Mercado’s life with personal interviews and glimpses into his home. Tabsch found Walter’s niece and arranged for a phone interview, which eventually led to Mercado allowing them to come to Puerto Rico and film the documentary, which gets closer to Mercado than anyone has before.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Constantini reflected on the documentary and Mercado’s life, “I think Walter’s message of inclusion is more important now than ever. It’s a message that we learned when we were young kids and it seemed so easy and so fundamental, but I actually think it’s very hard to put into practice, to treat everybody with love, to treat people who you don’t agree with with love.”