Saturday, October 16, 2010
Venezuelan actor brings "Carlos" movie to UK
"Carlos The Jackal - The Man Who Hijacked the World" by French director Olivier Assayas, was originally screened as a three-part, 5-hour, made-for-TV biopic.
The stripped down cinema version focuses on the 1970s heyday of the infamous revolutionary - when for a brief period his daring exploits, playboy lifestyle and cool but ruthless execution of terror plots made him the poster boy of international terrorism and one of the most wanted men in the world.
Born in Caracas in 1949, Carlos was named Ilich by his staunchly marxist father, who named his two other sons Lenin and Vladimir after the Russian revolutionary Vladimir Ilich Lenin.
After being sent to Russia to study he was expelled from the Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow after only a short period and travelled to Beirut to join the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and embark on a life of international terror.
Edgar Ramirez, meanwhile, will soon be appearing as another Latin American anti-hero in the eagerly anticipated "Killing Pablo", in which he plays the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.