John Leguizamo has landed the role he’s been waiting his whole life to play: that of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.
Leguizamo actually spent thousands of dollars of his own money in order to create a screen test with makeup artists who transformed him into Escobar. The efforts paid off, because he won the role over stars like Oscar Isaac to Benecio Del Toro, and with the help of a bit of prosthetics, he became the Columbian drug lord to an unsettling degree.
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) July 16, 2013
The film, titled “King Of Cocaine”, is directed by Brad Furman (“The Lincoln Lawyer”) and will begin shooting in Columbia in January.
— harryallen (@harryallen) September 10, 2013
Alright I'll say it, John Leguizamo playing Pablo in that makeup would be worse than Vinny Chase playing Pablo.
— Carter Swan (@CarterSwan) September 10, 2013
This is dope —> How John Leguizamo Bet (Big!) On Himself to Play Pablo Escobar http://t.co/tFUxUm7bnx
— Film Fatale (@FilmFatale_NYC) September 10, 2013
— Sam Carey (@samtcarey) September 10, 2013
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