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John Leguizamo Tabbed to Play Pablo Escobar in ‘King of Cocaine’ Biopic

John Leguizamo Cast as Pablo Escobar
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John Leguizamo so desperately wants the role of Pablo Escobar in the upcoming “King Of Cocaine” that he spent $15,000 in make up artists and camera crew to transform himself into the drug kingpin to prove to the producers that he was the right man for the job.

The gamble paid off as the Columbian actor officially landed the role despite initial reservations of the film’s producers and Relatively Media.

Leguizamo, a native Colombian, has long been fascinated by the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, who after making billions in drug smuggling became a powerful figure in Colombian politics before dying at the hands of police in December 1993. When Leguizamo heard Brad Furman — known for the Matthew McConaughey hit “The Lincoln Lawyer” and Ben Affleck’s next film “Runner Runner” — was going to direct the project, he began to seriously campaign for the role.

The toughest thing for an actor to do when playing a famous person is to make you forget who they are and have you see them only as the person that they are playing. Who would you say best nailed their bio character?

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