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

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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Spanish Actor Javier Bardem Will Be Playing Cuban Entertainer Desi Arnaz in a New Movie and Fans Wish Hollywood Cast a Latino Instead

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Spanish Actor Javier Bardem Will Be Playing Cuban Entertainer Desi Arnaz in a New Movie and Fans Wish Hollywood Cast a Latino Instead

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Recently, it was announced that Amazon studios will be producing a movie based on the lives of groundbreaking Old Hollywood power couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. According to reports, Nicole Kidman is set to play Ball while Spanish actor Javier Bardem will be playing Arnaz.

Seeing as Arnaz is widely viewed as one of the first Latino actors to achieve mainstream success in the United States, this news was positive for many. But for others, the news was less than ideal.

Some critics are lambasting the decision to cast Bardem as Arnaz, seeing that Bardem was born and raised in Spain, and is therefore not Latino.

One disgruntled Twitter user wrote: “I guess it’s really hard to find a Cuban actor so you have to hire a Spaniard…Whitewashing can happen to Latinos too.”

The criticism around Hollywood relying on Spanish actors and actresses to play Latino roles is not a new one. For years, Spanish actors like Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, and Paz Vega have played Latino characters in American movies. The preponderance of this phenomenon have led some people to accuse Hollywood of “white washing” Latino characters by casting Spanish actors.

Antonio Banderas is one of the most famous examples of a Spanish actor who built his career off of playing Latinos.

He has played Latinos for so long that many people think he is, in fact, Latino. But when he was erroneously called a “person of color” by American publications when he was nominated for an Oscar in 2020, there was quiet the outcry in Spain.

Spanish publications condemned American media for having an “absurd obsession” with race, and not understanding that Spaniards are, in fact, white.

Publications wrote arguments like: “Banderas might pass as a Latino ‘person of color,’ to an Arkansas farmer, great-grandson of Germans, but never to a California delivery man born to Guatemalan immigrants.”

To some observers, it seems that Hollywood prefers casting Europeans as Latinos because Hollywood sees Europe as more “sophisticated” than Latinidad.

25-year-old Spaniard Juan Pedro Sánchez, summed up the problem on Twitter, saying: “A lot of people in Spain are bothered if others confuse them for Latin American because Spaniards see Latinos as people of color, and they don’t want to be associated with that.”

He went on to say: “What bothers me is not being considered a person of color, but that people ignore that Spain was a colonizer country. It erases that history.”

The bottom line is, fans are frustrated that Hollywood keeps looking to European actors to cast Latin American characters.

Study after study shows that there is still a stubborn lack of representation for Latinos onscreen. And when there is finally a role that puts a Latino character front and center, Hollywood prefers to hire a European actor over a Latino one.

Javier Bardem is an exceptionally talented actor and there’s no doubt that he will tackle the role of Desi Arnaz with creativity and dedication–but fans’ frustrations at the casting choice doesn’t have to do with Bardem’s acting capabilities. It has to do with the all of the ways that Latinos are discounted–including professionally.

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Pablo Escobar’s Opens Up About Being Rescued By An MI6 Agent During A Shootout That Killed His Mom

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Pablo Escobar’s Opens Up About Being Rescued By An MI6 Agent During A Shootout That Killed His Mom

Pablo Escobar is one of the most notorious drug lords to ever be. Years later, his story continues to unfold and this time it is because of his first-born son who was adopted by an MI6 agent.

A man in Europe has come forward as Pablo Escobar’s long-lost first-born son.

Roberto Sendoya Escobar, who lives in Mallorca, Spain under his adopted name of Phillip Witcomb, first found out that he was Pablo Escobar’s son in 1989. His adoptive father, an MI6 agent, told him when he was 24. Since then, Roberto Escobar has been trying to figure out how to absorb this identity into his life.

In an interview with BBC Newsnight, Roberto admitted to never really knowing who Pablo was at first.

After his adoptive father told him the news, Roberto had to do some research to figure out who Pablo was. However, Roberto did spend time going back to Colombia with his dad and met Pablo. The reason was that his adoptive father was still trying to keep Pablo close for his own undercover work.

“I just remember the smell of the guy and I also remember, to be honest with you, a bit intimidated,” Roberto recalls. “I was quite a young child and I didn’t really understand what was going on.”

While he barely remembers, Roberto’s adoptive dad rescued him after a shoot out that killed his mom.

In his interview with BBC Newsnight, Roberto says he doesn’t remember the shoot out because he was an infant. However, he does have random moments of remembering big flashes of the gunfight but nothing of a coherent memory of the shooting.

It was during that shootout that Roberto’s adoptive father discovered him and adopted him. When Roberto was older he was sent to boarding school in the U.K. and grew up as part of the Witcomb family.

You can watch the rest of the interview and learn about the series of events leading to the revelation.

Realy goes to show that some people have a lot to learn about their own pasts. Some times things are not close to what they seem.

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