Kickin' it Old Skool: Jamie Kennedy

Yari Film Group

When Earth Day types go on about the ozone layer, my mind turns to the beautiful neon wonders and the spastic, sizzling dance moves onscreen in the 1984 cult classic Breakin'. Adolfo Quinones, who played Ozone, became the man I wanted, as a young girl...to teach me to dance. And Lucinda Dickey, his white-chick protégé, became the woman I wanted to be. Did you force your brother to practice the dance routines? I did, er, I tried.

So, get this. Ozone—I mean, Adolfo—well, he did the choreography for Jamie Kennedy's Kickin' It Old Skool, a timely bow to the beauty of parachute pants and breakdancing. Sorry if you don't care about Ozone. I care deeply.

As does big-hearted, big-boned Aris Alvarado, who went for a part in the movie after he heard they were talking fat suits. (Side note, I love that a big guy gets the big-guy part. That's the way it should be.) So, I had to know everything about Ozone, and Alvarado was nice enough to tell.

"Growing up in the ‘80s I was always watching Breakin', so working with this guy was amazing."

Does he still have those outfits, I wondered out loud.

"He came over to my place one day. I was Zorro for Halloween one time two years ago," he begins, grinning big. "And he goes, 'Why is that Zorro hat over there?' 'Cause he had one in Breakin'."

And in Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.

"And I was like, 'Oh, I was Zorro for Halloween,' " he laughs. "And he goes, 'Oh, okay,' like he thought I was too much of a big fan."

Bless you, Ozone! Now, if only someone could give me a legitimate reason why he doesn't make cameos—along with David Hasselhoff and other '80s legends—in this fun movie, I would be totally at peace.

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