THE ROLE Ernesto "Che" Guevara
ON CAMERA First, Gael García Bernal channeled the rebel during his idealist teenage years, now it's Benicio del Toro's turn to portray him during his most famous era: as a full-fledged guerilla leader. Will he be able to get rid of his Puerto Rican accent to convincingly play the Argentine?
The Salsa Star
THE ROLE Héctor Lavoe
MOVIE El cantante
ON CAMERA Before he would agree to star in a movie based on the life of Héctor Lavoe, singer Marc Anthony had one condition: that he would get to use his own voice to perform the songs of the legendary salsa star on film. When his condition wasn't met, the Puerto Rican singer and his wife, Jennifer López, decided to make their own movie.
THE ROLE Eva Perón
ON CAMERA The outcry from Argentineans who opposed casting U.S.-born singer Madonna as their nation's most charismatic First Lady was so loud it was deafening. But in the end, the Queen of Pop --who became pregnant with her first daughter during filming--won a Golden Globe for that role.
THE ROLE Francisco "Pancho" Villa
MOVIE And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself
ON CAMERA Antonio Banderas's take on the life of this Mexican general improved on earlier versions, but only because his physical attractiveness made him easier on the eye. Sporting a mustache, boots and riding his horse, the Spanish actor recreated the life and struggles of this Mexican caudillo.
The Tragic Star
THE ROLE Selena Quintanilla
MOVIE Selena: The Movie
ON CAMERA Many agree that Jennifer López owes the boom in her career to her portrayal of the deceased Tex-Mex Queen. Casting López, a Puerto Rican, in the role of a rising Mexican star, was the subject of much controversy. Obviously, the naysayers were wrong.
THE ROLE Emiliano Zapata
MOVIE Zapata: The Hero's Dream
ON CAMERA After seeing Alejandro Fernández's portrayal of this Mexican general, the final consensus was that Fernández sings quite well. To be fair, the overall failure of the film wasn't solely the singer's fault. In fact, dressed as the revolutionary hero, he looks quite good.
THE ROLE Frida Kahlo
ON CAMERA Salma Hayek surprised and impressed many with her brilliant portrayal of the Mexican artist, and thanks to Frida she obtained her first Oscar nomination. To play the role convincingly, she had to alter her beautiful face with unflattering makeup and even wore a mustache.