Iglesias Slates Film Debut In 'Mexico'
Latin pop star Enrique Iglesias will make his feature acting debut in Robert Rodriguez's "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Columbia Pictures/Dimension Films co-proLatin pop star Enrique Iglesias will make his feature acting debut in Robert Rodriguez's "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Columbia Pictures/Dimension Films co-production begins shooting this week in -- where else? -- Mexico.
Starring Antonio Banderas, "Mexico" is the long-anticipated third installment in Rodriguez's trilogy that began with 1992's "El Mariachi," and continued with 1995's "Desperado," which also starred Banderas.
Iglesias will play one of three mariachis alongside Banderas and Marco Leonardi ("From Dusk Till Dawn: The Hangman's Daughter"). Quentin Tarantino and Salma Hayek, who starred in "Desperado," are back for the next installment, with Mickey Rourke, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, and Eva Mendes also committed to the film.
"Mexico" is based loosely on Sergio Leone's classic spaghetti western "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." "Mariachi" and "Desperado" are homages to Leone's "A Fistful of Dollars" and "For a Few Dollars More," respectively.
After years as a Latin singing star, Iglesias in 1999 released "Enrique" (Interscope) his English-language debut album. The album peaked at No. 33 on The Billboard 200, and spawned the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 singles "Bailamos" and "Be With You" (which hit No. 1 and No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart, respectively).