Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Famous Zapopanos - Gael García Bernal

Originally uploaded by MexinGR.

Gael was born on November 30, 1978 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico, to Patricia Bernal (an actress and former model) and José Ángel García (an actor and director). His stepfather is Sergio Yasbek, whom his mother married when he was young. He is also a close friend of actor Diego Luna. García Bernal started acting at just a year old and spent most his teen years starring in soap operas.
García Bernal was becoming a soap opera heartthrob, but at age 19, he left Mexico's television world to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Subsequently, García Bernal has starred in some of Mexico's most celebrated recent films, beginning with Amores perros (2000), then 2001's Y tu mamá también, and El crimen del Padre Amaro (2002). He has also done some theatre work, including a 2005 production of Bodas de sangre, by Federico García Lorca, in the Almeida Theatre in London. However, it was his debut as a working-class street thug in the Oscar-nominated Amores perros that first grabbed Hollywood's attention.
García Bernal also portrayed Argentine-born physician turned Cubano revolutionary Che Guevara twice, first in the 2002 TV miniseries Fidel and then, better known, in 2004's The Motorcycle Diaries, an adaptation of a journal a 23-year-old Guevara wrote about his travels across South America. García Bernal has worked for acclaimed directors like Pedro Almodóvar, Walter Salles, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Michel Gondry, among others. He has recently taken on roles in English language films, including the Gondry-directed The Science Of Sleep, the González Iñárritu-directed Babel, and The King, for which he has earned rave reviews.

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