Film fans flocked to see the fourth film in his Torrente series over the weekend (11-13Mar11), raking in over $11 million (8 million Euros) and making the movie the biggest homegrown Spanish release ever.
Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis is the fourth-biggest opening of any film in Spain ever - behind Pirates of the Caribbean films At World’s End and Dead Man’s Chest and The Da Vinci Code.
The director blurted out the details during a recent press conference, even though Oscar winners Bardem and Cruz have yet to release the kid's name to the press.
Segura made the big reveal as he was scolding reporters for hounding him about information on the new parents and their recent arrival.
He said, "I know what you want and you don't understand why they don't come running to show off the baby and say, 'Look, here's Leo'."
When pressed further about the baby's name, the director played down his comments, replying, "Yeah, Leo, I think so. That's what I think I heard. But they haven't said anything."
Sacha Baron Cohen is not a man who takes his movie roles lightly. He doesn’t just pick characters, he picks characters that he can fully embody and inhabit. Fittingly he is in talks to star in an English language adaptation of the Spanish blockbuster film series Torrente.
Like Bruno and Borat, Torrente is a character created by a comedian: Spanish actor Santiago Segura. Unlike Cohen’s other characters, Torrente is willfully ignorant. You see, the chaos caused by Cohen's alter-egos was a result of their respective obliviousness. In contrast, Torrente is described as a “lazy, rude, drunkard, sexist, racist, extreme-right-wing Madrid cop” so one can’t exactly plead ignorance in his defense. It would be a comedic delight to see Cohen tackle such an anti-hero. His acerbic wit has never been fully unleashed on the world and while it's unfortunate he would have to do this with another man's creation, it would still be hilarious.
The script is being written by the guys behind another upcoming Cohen film - The Dictator - which gives him more impetus to join this project. The Dictator won’t start filming until early 2011 so he still has a few more weeks to figure out what his next role will be. Of course, the dude could simply opt to spend time with his wife Isla Fisher and lets be honest, why would you ever want to leave the house when she's waiting for you in the bedroom?
Source: LA Times
Set during the Spanish Civil War of the 1940s—a favorite area of exploration for writer-director Guillermo del Toro—the story follows dreamy 11-year-old Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) as she’s uprooted and relocated to a remote military outpost when her sickly mother (Ariadna Gil) marries the wantonly cruel camp commander Captain Vidal (Sergei Lopez). With the compassionate but secretive housekeeper Mercedes (Maribel Verdu) as the closest thing to a friend she has in the oppressive environment Ofelia escapes into a richly textured fantasy world. She follows a dragonfly she believes is a fairy into a landscaped but neglected garden maze she recasts as the lair of the goatish godling Pan (Doug Jones). He tells her she’s the last heir to a magical otherworldly kingdom and charges her with several tasks to help her reclaim her birthright. As her personal world grows more and more grim—the impending birth of her half-brother threatens her mother’s health her step-father grows colder and colder in his bid to crush the resistance and Mercedes’ hidden agenda places her in jeopardy as well—Ofelia soon finds herself tangling with hideous monsters both imagined and all too real often having difficulty distinguishing which is the more dangerous. The astonishingly real performance of the amazing young Spanish actress Baquero as Ofelia anchors the film firmly in both its real world and fantasy environments as only the convincing imagination of a child could. Lopez is an equally compelling discovery as the callous Vidal pitiless vicious and malevolent while still remaining believably human throughout. He’s unblinking in his depiction of a thoroughly vile and cruel man but avoids any aspect of cartoonish evil. And Verdu (Y Tu Mama Tambien) as Mercedes is a wonder as well with her remarkably expressive face unlimited by the film’s Spanish language barriers. Kudos too to Doug Jones a whisper-thin actor who specializes in “creature” roles (he’s played Abe Sapien in del Toro’s Hellboy and will be the Silver Surfer in the Fantastic Four sequel) who somehow magically delivers fully-formed performances as both the faun Pan and the freakish Pale Man through layers and layers of latex. Pan's Labyrinth is unquestionably Guillermo del Toro’s finest film work to date as pure an artistic vision as is likely to be committed to celluloid. He wisely worked outside the Hollywood system in his native Spain to bring his dark tale to life. The story exists in that shadowy netherworld between childhood and adulthood innocence and awareness of the world’s more sinister nature and its characters and themes are explored in ways that no mainstream film would ever allow. On the surface the trappings are Tim Burton-esque but the dark corners Pan's Labyrinth peers into are grim and gloomy indeed; del Toro is never afraid to delve into the murkiest of directions that to audiences used to more conventional movies are heart-wrenching even gut-churning but ultimately emotionally honest and in unexpected ways as immensely satisfying as they are haunting. The film is the announcement of the complete arrival of a major filmmaker and we can only hope that the qualities del Toro brings to this work do not get lost in the maze of Hollywood for future films.
Advancing its cachet, the 5-year-old Hollywood Film Festival announced Wednesday that it will screen Woody Allen's latest movie, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion at the close of this year's session on Aug. 6. The festival said that it had selected 42 films from 1,500 submissions to exhibit during the five day affair, which begins on Aug. 2 with a screening of Christopher Morler's Girl from Rio, starring Hugh Laurie, Santiago Segura, and Vanessa Nunes.