He settled in Gerena, Seville. from his hometown Peru when he decides to bet on his life’s profession: the ring. I have not been easy. Like nobody. But not only was a hole drilled, highest-grossing bullfighter of the moment and wreaking havoc wherever he goes. Tomorrow he will fight in Madrid at the season-ending celebration at the Monumental de Las Ventas. A new fact that a figure stepped into the capital on October the Twelfth is the success of the company and a gesture of the bullfighter. As we speak, she’s going physique, gorings, leaving results on her many fuckin’ slim bodies that she’s accumulated in a short amount of time. «I’ve been dragging hernias since the 2019 season, but the operation may or may not go well and so I get along well with a lot of physiotherapy, I prefer that, I don’t want to risk an intervention now and it may not go well. He has an obsessive recurring idea in his mind: Madrid, Madrid and Madrid, and that timer is already set to almost zero. Tomorrow afternoon, at five o’clock in Lorca, fashion bullfighter Andrés Roca Rey, who finished his long box office role in the Las Ventas case and triggered the resale, will make the parade with Alejandro. Talavante and Francisco de Manuel with Victoriano del Río’s star bullfight. The expectation is maximum and he needs to finish the job he started in May. Leave a year behind with milestones like Bilbao or Malaga in the afternoon.
What is not normal in this return to normal is stepping into Madrid in October. With the season the movie was shot, more or less?
Madrid is weighed in May or October. After this season, all the traveling, a lot of bullfighting and getting to that hill that Madrid now requires isn’t easy, but it’s a place that means a lot. He gave me everything from the very beginning. It was the wins that kept things flowing here and my career got better.
Things went well in May, but…
So I want to go back and spend a nice afternoon. These two afternoons in San Isidro I felt very happy, relaxed and good, but I had no luck with the sword and that thorn stuck in me. I want to go back and end the season in another way.
It’s been a long time, on an afternoon of maximum expectations, and Roca’s name is circulating. Does all this come to you?
I’m preparing myself for a place away from the city, I don’t spend much time with people and maybe that’s good for me because otherwise the pressure would be on me. Knowing that “no tickets” has been on hold for a long time motivates me more than pressure, and the prospect of finishing the season well excites me.
So it will be a source of pride to know that he is the top-grossing bullfighter.
I am happy to know that the squares are full of fans, people and young people. They are an essential part in any field and also in bullfighting. Seeing them makes me want to be better, excites me and motivates me to never stop surprising.
And are you surprised?
I try every day, I think it’s the only way to do this to others. I love to grow and develop in my bullring. It’s not just in the surprise factor, it’s getting more and more established and slower. It’s good to be surprised because sooner or later you will do this to others.
There is talk of his courage, of his transgressions… Is there no fear?
There is fear. And various types of fear or fear of different factors. There is so much fear on stage that it would fail, but there is also so much fear that the bull might hurt me. That part of being human comes into play, and human beings are afraid of accidents.
He hides it very well.
There is also overcoming, and there is a time before the bullfight to prepare to take it as best you can and to be able to face an afternoon and get over it in your mind that a bull can catch you. When you achieve this, bullfighting comes from your soul and you fight with your heart. You forget the body.
Is this always achieved?
No, you can’t always go there. I would say this is very rarely achieved, at least to the point of truly forgetting life itself. Being ready for anything, even death. These are very few, but they exist.
And the rest?
Others are about overcoming, being afraid, transcending yourself, and trying to get and express the bullfight you want. It’s funny because now when I talk about it, when I say it out loud, I realize the fear never goes away, but you’re ready to die. I don’t know what it’s called… Are you afraid of death? The thing is, there are days when you are ready to give everything.
It has already passed all the coordinates of the bullfights. Success, necessity to stop, wounds. Are you more aware of the efforts now?
Yes, what happens is that it largely depends on the moment you are in. As you progress in this philosophy of life, you learn, you see more. In the sense of fear we’re talking about, you see the comrades bleeding seriously, some of them die in the square, and it’s frightening. It matures you quickly and lets you know that fears have always been and always will be. You learn to live with it.
As the audience, we saw a before and after in the depth of the bullfights that took place in Malaga Fair this year. I don’t know if you share this view or have experienced it in some other way.
It was the previous afternoons where I felt the basic bullfight, the deep one I wanted to reach, the slower, even in the field, and I can even say it in the hall, but it was Malaga in an important square. . It was one of the beautiful afternoons of the season, plus how the bulls that lent themselves to it attacked and it was all very special.
On the antipodes and, in turn, at the top is Bilbao. Another of those afternoons that marked his life as a bullfighter because of his ability to cross red lines.
The missions were not the same as in Malaga, but there I tried to give myself to the maximum. From the days when we forget everything and think about nothing but feeling that moment.
He cut off one ear and made a mess. He entered the infirmary with injuries. It could have been removed…
Yes, he could have taken me away, he already had a trophy, it was fine but there are days when you are so dedicated that it’s hard to accept staying there. Being thrown into the middle of nowhere on an afternoon like this, and indeed most afternoons, I don’t like because of the values that have been instilled in me since childhood as a bullfighter. As much as you can, you have to be. Bullfighting is something else.
How do you think this season was?
Especially for what happened. It has been tough and difficult times due to the pandemic, injuries and complicated things that have happened to people. After all the effort, sacrifice, discipline and love for the work you do, it is pleasing that things have come to this. I am grateful that I have felt and enjoyed so much this season.
Now that some news about your private life is published, does it make you dizzy to enter that tabloid world?
I’ve never been in it, I’ve dedicated myself to bullfighting and creating. That’s what I’ve known to do since I was a kid and I’m not afraid of their talk because I don’t really care either, but it’s true that they can invent things that sometimes bother people. I love you. Things that aren’t right and have happened to me at some point, but I don’t want to go into that.
Where do you want to go?
I want to achieve a lot, but I learned that my biggest motivation and what I love most when I achieve it is to always be there. So many things can happen, especially in this life where we take risks, where there are bulls and many cars… I don’t want to miss the present by thinking about tomorrow.
Are you afraid of losing everything?
There is a phrase I don’t remember who it is but I love it, but it says we shouldn’t be afraid, it says we should work on it even though it seems natural to us. Something like “it’s not death when we are”. And when there is death, we are not. It has stayed with me since childhood, and I agree with this statement. You should be afraid of the unknown, but don’t worry too much about when the day will come, that’s why I attach great importance to being present.
There is a lot of talk about the future of the party. What do you think?
I think we are experiencing a recovery moment after the pandemic, and this is important. We understood that people wanted to do bullfighting and that the hobby was still alive. Really seeing what would happen next was one of the concerns. What would happen to the bullfights when all professions were improving? I’ve seen people have a desire and interest to see and feel an afternoon of bullfighting. Although this has been the case until now, it is a fact that we cannot make the Festival live on its own, now I think we need to encourage the fans and invent things that will appeal to the public, especially the youth.
Is it difficult to explain such a party?
Yes, it’s getting harder and harder to explain how eggs, milk, and ham come from. We live in front of a computer, and in the end we think that everything comes from there. It’s hard for people to go to the field and know what’s really going on in nature, and there will come a time when children will be frightened when they see a cow’s udder being squeezed to get the milk out. If that time has not yet come. This is life. Eggs are chicks that will hatch and do not hatch. We are ending the world of the countryside, the real world where it all started for me. I’m not judging it out of ignorance, but when you live in it you realize what it’s all for. The reason for everything in life is an important concept.
Changes are needed in everything in life, not in bullfights. The unchanging stagnates and dies. Bullfighting has to evolve like life, fashion, football, companies.
Do you see yourself as capable of leading some of these changes?
I like to put the grain of sand, but this is something that goes beyond a bullfighter or a single person. You have to be aware of bullfights and show a lot of love and affection. It is important that people not only see it for themselves, but think that it is the bullfight that gives us life.
Do you consider yourself an animal lover?
I love animals, I love the countryside… What is the real meaning of being a livestock farmer? Not only do I love them, I understand them by living close to them, and I know what each one is for.
►Alternative. On September 19, 2015, the Peruvian right-hander became a bullfighter at the French Nimes bullring with Enrique Ponce, godfather of the ceremony, and Juan Bautista as witnesses. They fought bulls from Victoriano del Río.
►There are 67 bullfights between Spain and America this season.
►Historical landmark in Bilbao. On August 25, he had one of the most relevant afternoons of his career. Although he couldn’t get up on his shoulders because of the injury, he cut off three of his ears and had to stop for a few days to recuperate. The saga of that afternoon was unforgettable.
►Hispanity in Madrid. It was announced today in Las Ventas.
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