BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA - Anthony “Citric” Campos stars as Manolo, George Lopez’s driver and confidante, on an American semi-autobiographical single-camera sitcom television series called Lopez, created by John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky and Jeff Stilson. The show was released on March 30, 2016 and ended June 21, 2017. It aired every Wednesday night at 10:30 PM. The program was broadcast by TV Land, an American basic cable and satellite television channel owned by Viacom.
Anthony Campos attended every house party imaginable in East Los Angeles as a young adult and adopted the name Citric, for citric acid. Since citric acid is one of the most common food additives and can be found in most canned foods to prevent botulism, people began referring to him as Citric, because he was everywhere. Hence, the nickname Citric.
In the 90’s, Citric’s musical endeavors inducted him into Brown Town Looters, a hip-hop group, which brought him to Asia to perform at various music venues in Japan. As far as acting, roles were limited to stereotypical “cholo” casting calls. Michael Craig Judge, known professionally as Mike Judge, believed Citric could do more than drive-by and shoot at people hanging out at the street corner. For those who don’t know who Mike Judge is, he is the creator of the television series Beavis and Butthead and co-creator of King of the Hill. Mike Judge gave Citric an opportunity to work with him on set, casting Citric as the Secretary of Defense in his fantasy/science fiction film Idiocracy and offered him voice-acting jobs in his animated series, King of the Hill, and Squidbillies.
Citric played his cards right, and played Manolo, George Lopez’s bodyguard and confidant, on the sitcom television series called Lopez. “John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky introduced me to George Lopez at Sony Studios. I walked into a conference room to have a table read and I was the first one there. Then John arrived, then Dave and other executives. George walked in last with his glasses on. John and Dave introduced me to George, and said, 'This is Citric! He is going to be Manolo.' After that, George looked at me, and sized me up a little bit. He put his hand out and said, 'Nice to meet you, man! Now let's get to work!' He was straight business. So we sat down, and had the table reading. After that, he goes, 'Hey, man! The way you read right now, you better read like that in the next room with the executives from TV Land.' Everyone from the pilot was dressed casual. One thing about Mike Judge I will never forget, is he would say, 'You're a natural, you got this!' John and Dave fought for me for this role. At the end of the reading, George gave me a thumbs up!" said actor Anthony “Citric” Campos.
Shawn W. Anderson