Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta feels that Hispanics are gaining ground in U.S. film, while the tendency to stereotype Latinos is "weakening" every day.

Huerta, 31, said in a telephone interview with Efe that it is a positive thing that Hollywood is offering possibilities for Hispanics to have more movie roles, but he said that he feels stereotypes still exist.

"But that tendency is beginning to weaken and it's giving us an opportunity. Little by little it's allowing other types of roles than the nationality or the language of the undefined character, rather his circumstances, and it seems to me to be positive that U.S. society is beginning to open itself to this possibility," he said.

The most recent film in which this "proudly Mexican" actor participated is "Get the Gringo," starring Mel Gibson, who also wrote the screenplay.

It's an action film in which Gibson plays a veteran thief who is captured by Mexican authorities and put into a prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 10-year-old.

A large part of the filming was done at the Ignacio Allende prison in Veracruz, Mexico.

Huerta said that "as an actor, you look to have the chance to work in all kinds of films and genres" and he explained that this film "is like a comedy" that sometimes seemed to him to be "very funny." EFE