Penelope Cruz And Javier Bardem Play Pablo Escobar And Virginia Vallejo In One Crazy Love Story ‘Loving Pablo’

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Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s new biopic “Loving Pablo” tells the story of nefarious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The movie, based on a book, chronicles his real-life affair at the height of his cartel days with broadcast journalist Virginia Vallejo.

Before you pick up your movie ticket and take bae out to grab some popcorn, here are some things you should know about the film’s muse, cast and crew.

Virginia Vallejo has had an esteemed career as an anchorwoman, radio broadcaster, columnist and writer.

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After working as an English teacher and in public relations, Vallejo started her career in journalism as a television presenter in Colombia. Her career spanned TV, radio and newspaper and she even wrote a best-selling book, “Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar” in English and Spanish on her love affair with Pablo Escobar. The memoir inspired the film.  

She was in a relationship with Escobar for more than 5 years.

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Vallejo was 32 at the time she met Escobar and didn’t fall for him until he gave her a tour of a Medellín garbage dump. She said he wanted to help people living in that type of poverty. Their affair carried on for six years after that.

She realized he was a hardened criminal—but fell for him anyways.

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Desde que assisti @narcos fiquei fascinada pelas histórias sobre a vida de Pablo Escobar Gaviria, chefe do Cartel de Medelín e o maior narcotraficante da história da Colômbia. Em seguida assisti uma novela colombiana com quase 180 episódios – Pablo Escobar: el patrón del mal”, depois assisti outra que tem como protagonista um dos capangas de Pablo, “Alias JJ, sobrevivendo a Escobar”, e ontem “Escobar, a traição”, que conta a história da vida de Pablo sob a ótica de sua ex-amante, a jornalista @virginiavallejoofficial, inspirado no livro “Amando Pablo, odiando Escobar”. Como já se esperava o filme não supera o livro, mas vale o programa no fim de semana! #pabloescobar #escobaratraição #virginiavallejo #colombia #movies #cinema

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In an interview with the Daily Mail, Vallejo said in order for her ex-husband to sign her divorce papers, Escobar put a gun to his head. Can you say d-r-a-m-a-t-i-c?

Penelope Cruz was not thrilled her husband got a little pudgier in order to play Escobar.

Bardem joked in an interview with PEOPLE that Cruz wasn’t happy a growing waistline was on the horizon for him. At least he got to enjoy his weight gain by eating pasta, chocolate and drinking beer. Pasta and chocolate? Sign us up for that job!

Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa brought the film’s vision to the screen.

Screenwriter and director Fernando León de Aranoa is recognized for his 2002 Spanish drama, “Mondays in the Sun.”

The film has already received award nominations in Spain.

Cruz and Bardem have been nominated for Goya Awards for Best Actress and Actor. Bardem has also received an award nom for the Platino Best Actor Award.

Decades after their affair ended, Vallejo sees Escobar in a different light.

Vallejo told the Daily Mail “I loathe him” and that Escobar was nothing more than a “monster” and “fatty peasant.” Interesting choice of words for a woman who saw him 220 times according to her own account.


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