HANDS OF GOLD. The 2010s has proven to be Édgar Ramírez’ golden era, and today he’s well on his way to add a couple more box office hits before the year’s over
Hollywood stars come from all sorts of backgrounds—from prodigies who’ve been acting since grade school and then went on to study in some of the most prestigious film academies to untrained rookies who were discovered while driving somebody else to audition. And then there’s the story of Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez.
While his isn’t exactly among the most unexpected “rise to fame” tales, it is certainly unique. Long before he knew how to speak in front of a camera, he already knew how to speak five languages, which suited his original intention of becoming an international diplomat.
His passion for performance arts was always there, though, but it would seem that he never considered it as a professional choice. Once, he even passed on the chance to star in a movie by legendary director Alejandro González Iñárritu as he wanted to focus on his studies. Still, the acting bug returned and bit him hard.
Ramírez finally made a name for himself in 2003 via “Cosita Rica,” a Venezuelan soap opera or telenovela. Two years later, he was in Hollywood, playing opposite Keira Knightley in Tony Scott’s “Domino.” The rest, as they say, is history—one filled with a role in “The Bourne Ultimatum,” the lead in “Carlos” as the infamous Carlos the Jackal, a return to telenovelas, another leading role in the remake of “Point Break” and many, many more.
This year, he has appeared in “Hands of Stone” as legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán, and will hit the big screen again with the movie adaptation of award-winning novel “The Girl on the Train,” as well as drama thriller “Gold,” which is set (but unfortunately not filmed) in Indonesia.
DA MAN: There are a lot of your current and future works that caught our attention, but one really stood out: “Gold.” Can you give us a brief intro to the movie?
Édgar Ramírez: “Gold” is the story of two men chasing a dream, a mirage. The film follows an American mining prospector played by Matthew McConaughey and a geologist, whom I play. The pair team up together to find their dream.
DA MAN: Of course, it’s not unusual for a movie to be set in one locale but shot in another. That being said, do you think that actually filming “Gold” in Indonesia where the story is set could have added something different to the experience?
Édgar Ramírez: It definitely would have added its own texture, and the movie would have been formed in a different way, but we still shot in some of the most spectacular locations in Southeast Asia. Getting to shoot in Thailand was an amazing experience and we even had the chance to work with Indonesian people. Of course, shooting in Indonesia would have been awesome, but I don’t think that the movie suffered from not shooting at the real locations. We were in the most beautiful jungles and places in the world.
DA MAN: Back to the movie itself, what would you say is the best part of “Gold” that would attract viewers?
Édgar Ramírez: I think the comradery between me and Matthew McConaughey is definitely something that’s worth watching. We play two guys who come from different worlds that bond together and work together to chase their dreams. They end up becoming the best of friends. And I think that’s what happened to me and Matthew. It was a really cool experience.
DA MAN: Most people know you primarily for your roles in action movies or historical thrillers. What about playing in a mystery drama like “The Girl on the Train”? Is this a genre that you’ll explore more?
Édgar Ramírez: Yes, absolutely. I’m always open to compelling and interesting characters. I tend not to choose my roles base on a film genre; it’s more based on the story and whether I can develop an emotional connection with the story or get a chance to work with amazing people, such as my co-stars in this film: Tate Taylor, Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson and Hayley Bennet.
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Photography Mitchell Nguyen McCormack
Styling Lauren LaRocca
Grooming Barbara Guillaume at Art Department using Oribe
Production Joe McCain
Digital imaging Joe Norris
Styling assistant Alena Jutilla
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