It was impossible for actor Tenoch Huerta to hold back his tears once he saw a mural of himself painted on a wall in Mexico City.
During a drive through the city with Mexican social media influencer Escorpión Dorado (Golden Scorpion), Huerta got a glimpse of the mural painted by Tomer Linaje and immediately became speechless sitting in the passenger’s seat of the car.
He stared at the mural for a few seconds before turning around to look at two other passengers in the back seat to see their reactions. Then he turned back to the mural and his eyes started welling up with tears. “This is more valuable than a f—ing Oscar,” Huerta said. “It’s worth more.”
The mural features Huerta wearing the same feathered accessory on his ear that he wore onstage at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con this past summer. The piece was designed by Hijos del Maiz. Surrounding the image of Huerta is the Mesoamerican serpent god known as Quetzalcóatl, a Mexican hairless dog known as a Xoloitzcuintli, a jaguar, and a hummingbird.
The background of the mural is a blend of different shades of blue and purple that creates a nighttime sky with several stars that almost sparkle off the mural.
Next month, Huerta will be seen on the big screen as the much-anticipated anti-hero Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The film takes creative liberties with his character in comparison to the original comic books. In the sequel, instead of Namor ruling over Atlantis, he comes from an underwater Mesoamerican kingdom called Talocan.
See the full video of Tenoch Huerta’s interview with Escorpión Dorado below.