Actor John Leguizamo has landed the role of Pablo Escobar in the biopic King Of Cocaine. After Oscar Isaac dropped out of the movie, the Ice Age star went to great lengths to prove to producers he was right for the role, even though he had been turned down several times, according to Deadline.com.
Leguizamo spent $15,000 (GBP10,000) on a fatsuit and prosthetic makeup to look more like the drug kingpin in his prime.
He then filmed his own screen test and had producer Scott Steindorff submit it to movie studio executives without revealing the name of the actor behind the outfit. The Colombian star was hired shortly after.
In addition to Isaac, Benecio Del Toro was also in talks for the role.
A note to those who were enthralled by the prospects of Bradley Cooper's once-developing Paradise Lost film adaptation: don't get too excited over this new announcement. Yes, Josh Hutcherson is in talks to star in a movie titled Paradise Lost, but it is not at all related to John Milton's classic epic poem. In fact, Deadline reports that Hutcherson is looking to take on a leading role in a biopic about drug kingpin Pablo Escobar... which still sounds pretty interesting, especially considering the fact that Benicio del Toro has been named as the potential star to take on the role of Escobar. Hollywood.com has reached out to Hutcherson's reps to confirm his involvement, but they were not immediately available for comment.
Interestingly, instead of centering the attention on the infamous criminal himself, the story looks to follow Hutcherson's potential surfer character Nick, who takes up a romance with a young woman who turns out to be Escobar's daughter. This seems to suggest a stray from your usual biopic formula; instead, what we might see will more closely resemble the structure of narrative romantic drama. The sort of relationship shared between Escobar and Nick is as of yet unknown, but more often than not, when you date a known drug lord and murderer's daughter, you're in for something a bit more volatile than Meet the Parents. Although, this could very well work its way into a pretty good comedy premise...
The film will be the directorial debut of actor Andrea Di Stefano, who is also handling the script.
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Welcome to Hollywood.com’s Insomniac’s Guide to television, where we bring you our guide to strange, dark underbelly of television that is after-11 programming. So if you’re a night owl, or just want to set your TiVo, check out our recommendations for the week. But there’s no guarantee that these shows will look as good by the light of day.
Note: TV is recorded by the night, rather than date that it airs. For instance, if a show is on at 2 AM Tuesday morning, it will be listed as a Monday night show. All times EST.
Monday Night 6/28
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 - 12-1 AM on SyFy
Alright, I messed up a little bit with this one. The season technically started last week, so if you start tonight you will have missed the first two episodes. But it’s only two, and you’re not really watching this show for the plot, you’re watching it for the giant robot battles! And the series has that in abundance.
Tuesday Night 6/29
10 Ways to Kill Bin Laden- 12:01 on The History Channel
Ever sit around your house at night and wonder if there’s anything you could be doing to kill Osama Bin Ladin? If so, you may be Gary Faulkner, but if you lack the drive/crazy necessary to get yourself to Afghanistan with a 40-inch sword, you can just watch this show on the History Channel instead.
Wednesday Night 6/30
Heathers- 3 AM on IFC
Heathers is a cult classic, a clever, biting parody of those ubiquitous John Hughes high school movies. If you’re sick of the latest 80’s nostalgia trend, this film will remind you that people hated the 80’s in the 80’s too. Plus, it’s got Winona Ryder as the original Hipster Pixie Dream Girl, and some great quotable lines. I love my dead gay son!
Thursday Night 7/1
30 for 30: The 2 Escobars- 1:30 AM on ESPN
I’m not so much of a sports person, but ESPN’s special documentary series, 30 For 30 can even get me interested. This episode, The 2 Escobars, follows the intertwined fates of Pablo Escobar, the powerful drug lord, and Andres Escobar, the famous soccer player. If you know your history there won’t be any surprise endings, but it’s still such a skillfully told story you won’t want to miss it.
Friday Night 7/2
Blue Velvet- 2 AM on Turner Classic Movies
David Lynch is a rare filmmaker with the talent of actually capturing what it is to be in a dream. Blue Velvet may not be his most surreal film (if you want to see Eraserhead, it’s on IFC Sunday night), but it’s still deeply weird and deeply Lynch. I don’t think I’d like to fall asleep to a Lynch film, but I’m sure it would be very simple.
Saturday Night 7/3
Batman- 12 AM on Fox Movie Channel (FMC) and Batman- 12 AM on WGN America
Depending on your mood, interests, and level of inebriation, you can choose between two different Batman movies Tuesday night: the 1960’s campy, Bat-Shark-Repellent-using Batman on FMC; or the 1980’s Jack Nicholson, Tim Burton-back-when-he-was-vaguely-original Batman on WGN. Or you can flip between the two and deal with the mood whiplash. Either way, this is a great chance to get some Bats into your life, besides watching The Dark Knight for the thousandth time.
Bonus: Still need more of the Caped Crusader? Then check out Batman: The Animated Series on Sunday night to see ‘Heart Of Ice.” The episode, which introduces anti-villain Mr. Freeze, won the series an Emmy for “Outstanding Writing” and is a high point for the excellent animated series. Catch it Sunday night on Disney XD at 2:30 AM.
Sunday Night 7/4
Jaws: The Revenge- 1:45 AM on Encore
The shark from Jaws is back, and this time, it’s personal. No, really, that’s actually the tag line from Jaws: The Revenge, the fourth Jaws film, in which the shark decides to specifically target and torment the Brody family. Tune in to watch Michael Caine slum it up, and see the characters conveniently forget that sharks can be easily avoided by going inside or moving to non-coastal regions.