After seeing the cover and reading the feature in this week’s Entertainment Weekly about gay producer/director/writer Ryan Murphy’s new American Crime Story: Versace with cutie Darren Criss playing against type as serial killer Andrew Cunanan, Penélope Cruz as Donatella Versace, and Ricky Martin as Versace’s boyfriend Antonio D’Amico, I just had to learn about the hunk playing the leading role. Here is what I learned:
Édgar Ramírez was born Édgar Filiberto Ramírez Arellano in San Cristobal, Venezuela. I totally dig Latin guys.
His mother is an attorney and his father is a military officer. Because of his father’s work, he grew up in several different countries. He is fluent in Spanish, German, English, French, and Italian.
Ramírez graduated from Venezuela’s Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in 1999 with a degree in Journalism and Political Science. Ramírez:
“I wanted to be a diplomat and journalist. I have a deep fascination with human nature, with all its virtues and all its defects.”
Ramírez became famous in Latin America for his role in the popular telenovela Cosita Rica.
Ramírez had first Hollywood role in the film Dominio (2008), about the life of Domino Harvey, the bounty hunter daughter of gay actor Laurence Harvey. He had interesting supporting roles in: The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Che (2008), Academy Award winner Zero Dark Thirty (2012), the horror flick Deliver Us From Evil (2014), Joy (2015) with Jennifer Lawrence, Point Break (2015), Hands Of Stone (2016), The Girl On The Train (2016), and Gold (2016). This winter he will be seen in the fantasy film Bright with Will Smith and Joel Edgerton.
Ramírez had his first lead role in Carlos (2010), playing the real life professional assassin Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka Carlos The Jackal, the same role he played in The Bourne Ultimatum. He makes a fine killer. His portrayal brought him Cesar Award, plus SAG, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award nominations. Ramírez also appeared in the Clash Of The Titans (2010) and its sequel, Wrath Of The Titans (2012), playing Ares, the God of War.
The Venezuelan actor is a spokesman for Amnesty International’s “No Dispares” (Don’t Shoot) campaign and he is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.
American Crime Story: Versace is currently filming in the fashion designers actual Miami mansion Villa Casa Casuarina. It will begin airing in spring 2018. Tom Rob Smith who wrote intriguing London Spy (2016) will pen the limited 10 episodes series with Murphy directing the first episode, like he did for the 10-time Emmy winning, extremely popular first season of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
Aren’t we excited to see it… if we are around in 2018? It’s Ryan Murphy, so you know it’s going to be juicy. And, aren’t we all looking forward to getting to know Ramírez better?