Brace yourselves, a Simón Bolívar movie is coming…

Looks like El Libertador will go Hollywood, sort of…

A Spanish-Venezuelan co-production about the life of Bolívar is soon to go into production. Cast in the lead role is none other than Edgar Ramírez, who made his name playing Carlos the Jackal. Bolivarian casting at its finest.

Even if the Chavernment film production arm Villa del Cine isn’t named, the Venezuelan company involved in the project is something called Producciones Insurgentes (Insurgent Productions), which, man, they couldn’t have found a more pretentiously ñángara name for it if they’d tried.

One way or another, count your blessings: at least Roman Chalbaud isn’t directing this one…

UPDATE: I forgot to mention that Gustavo Dudamel is doing the music and Daily Variety, the Hollywood-specialized newspaper confirms Ramirez will play Bolivar.


60 thoughts on “Brace yourselves, a Simón Bolívar movie is coming…

    • First: Fixed. Second: The Roman of the 70’s isn’t the Roman of today. Caracazo is an unwatchable mess. The less that can be said about Pandemonium, the better.

  1. Wasn’t Ramíres linked to Tibisay Lucena? He does not look like Bolivar at all…

    BTW, when he was a University student in the late 1990s, Edgar Ramirez worked for the International Republican Institute in Caracas (the famously NED-backed American think tank for the promotion of democracy). I’m unsure whether he was a volunteer or an intern, but he was among others involved in a sort of GOTV program for youngsters (much like today’s Voto Joven).

    Life is full of surprises.

    • Everytime I heard that weird Ramirez-Lucena rumour, I can’t stop thinking how that could be the most weird couple in recent memory. Calling it bizarre would be an understatement.

  2. After giving it serious consideration, I can only conclude that this Bolivar thing is the manifestation of a serious and country-wide neurological disorder, with autosomal dominant transmission, no doubt.

    • Good one, referring to it as “this Bolivar thing” after “serious consideration”. :)

        • Oh, I guess you didn’t mean it, then. Like a police chief talking about “baddies”, or doctor talking about “germs”, someone who’s given the Bolivar cultural reality so much serious thought calling it a “thing”, especially following the detached, belittling “this”, clashing conisderably with the jargon that ensued, it seemed funny; I guess it was just ironic.

  3. The name is el Libertador? Shockingly Original. They got an Oscar nominated-American screenwriter, so I guess it will be in English. I wonder who is the historical consultant for the film. It’s probably going to be a hagiography. Ramírez looks nothing like Bolívar, I think even Tibisay looks more like Bolívar than him.

    • The title is just “Libertador”. Why Ramirez? Probably because he has worked already with the director Alberto Arvelo and because commercially is the most viable name.

      As infamous fashion designer Jacobim Mugatu might say: He’s so hot right now!

      Arvelo is an odd choice for the directing gig. His work is more oriented to intimate dramas. This kind of historical epic is completely different that his earlier work. Better he gets a good technical team because otherwise this movie will eat him alive, if the scope of the production is as ambitious as it sounds on paper.

          • At the end, it pretty much depends on the script and how much the government is intervening in the film making. According to the article you posted, Ramírez is one of the producers and that raises some suspicion. Usually when studios do these kind of projects, they hire a fancy-pants historian as a historical consultant. I hope that some PSF Ivy-league Professor doesn’t get a big fat check for distorting our history.

              • My understanding is the screenwriter is Timothy Sexton, who did “Children of Men”. That would suggest its going to be dark and paranoid. And Ramirez does dark and paranoid well. My hope: Last Temptation of Christ meets Richard III. With protests and a fatwa against Edgar Ramirez from the TSJ to follow.

      • Agreed Ramirez has proven to be a hell of actor, so why not him?

        Rather than the resemblance of the chosen character with Bolivar, is preferable to have a good script, good cast and extras, good scenery, so as not to waste 30$ for cinema tickets and pop corns just to yawn and sleep in the middle of the movie. Oh yeah historical movies has than effect on me.

        • Agreed that Ramirez is a very good actor. Let’s wait and see then what happens.

  4. I fail to understand the seemingly bilious undertone of most comments and the article itself. According to EFE Imanol Arias will star the film; which I think is great news because of the physical ressemblance to Bolívar and the quality of his performance.

    • Ok…the direction by Alberto Arvelo might put in peril the impartiality of the whole project; lets hope not.

    • Imanol is a good actor kinda old for the role, but that depends of what period of Bolivar’s life they will make. If the film cover the independence years, then he’s old. Arias has worked with Arvelo before, so that probably was the factor.

    • Bilious undertone? No, pal. the thing is most people are absolutely, completely and utterly LADILLADOS DE BOLIVAR, me most of all.

      • One thing is to be fed up with the glorification and mythification that has made of Bolívar a cartoonish avatar of a certain doctrine and another, very different one, is to reject everything that has to do with him. I guess I understand your reaction but, at the same time, I’m urging you to avoid amalgams as I think a good movie on Bolívar (or Diógenes Escalante, or Teresa de la Parra, or Juan Vicente Gomez, or the ‘Generation of 28′) should not be a source of discontent for Venezuelans.

        • Well, I have the right to and I do reject most of what has to do with him, and not only because those thugs are using his name. And I certainly don’t want, not only another movie about him, but another place or thing named after him. As I said, I am absolutely LADILLADO of that being. I do not keep looking at the past to fill my present. I live my present and look at the future. Two hundred years after, what he did and how he did it has very little meaning today. May be that is the reason why Venezuela is such a backward place today. I give you Ibsen:

              • Nice use of capitals, to pretend you’re mocking a term coined by someone else, when in fact it’s a term you are coining yourself. Also replying to someone else that will only laugh with you at someone else, rather than having to address that someone else with an rational argument. And coming from the person talking about a non sex chromosomal dominant transmission of a neurological disorder. Field day for psychologists, I would think.

                I take it you got piqued by that “this Bolivar thing” thing, above.

              • 1. Rational arguments don’t work with you, “conducto sanguíneo.”
                2. Bolivar cultural reality. Do you like this better? I didn’t coin the freaking term, you did. Very weird, by the way.
                3. I shouldn’t have answered you in the first place for very obvious reasons. I stand by my arguments. I am completely ladillado del tal Bolivar (historians know very well he was not he man everyone – including you, I guess) believes him to have been), as well as of the use of official symbols in everything, including avatars. It clearly shows a very narrow mind.
                4. I am not wasting my time responding to you.

              • 1. “conducto sanguineo” Firstly, it wasn’t “conducto”, it was “ducto”. Secondly, you used this term to disqualify a doctor for using it and now are claiming that my simply not accepting on faith your word for it *not existing* as a lack of my rationality. Thirdly, you are projecting *your* lack of rational argumentatioin, because I rationally argued that a *medical* dictionary gave a definition for “ducto” that quite directly allowed for its valid use in referring to blood ducts, argument to which you repeatedly refused to respond. Fourthly, as you can see in this very item, I am quite up for rational argumentation.

                2. “Bolivar cultural reality” “Firstly, yes, I like it better because it is descriptive, not a term. Secondly, I never said you coined this phrase; I said that by stating “Did you know that something called Bolivar Cultural Reality exists?” with your use of capital letters that you were making it a “freaking” term, but attributing it to me. Thirdly, note how here again you did not reply to the rational argument, as per your usual.

                3. Firstly, you did not answer to me; you answered to syd, to ridicule what you misquoted of me. Secondly, you did not make arguments by which to stand. Thirdly, You have no basis for determining the kind of man I believe Bolivar to have been. For the record, I happen to agree with you that historians know he wasn’t how *most* people believe he was. Fourthly, it is you who shows a narrow mind when all I did was point out what you admit: that it is a reality that in Venezuelan culture, most people believe Bolivar to have been different to what most historians know him to have been, thus my descriptive phrase which you capitalized, creating your coined term.

                4. For the record, it’s not a waste of time responding to me. And as to your avoiding it in the future, it wouldn’t surprise me that you would want to avoid responding precisely to someone who uses rational argumentation to respond to you.

                5. By the way, if you want WordPress to alert me that you’ve replied to me, you need to find a comment of mine when you click on “reply”; replying to your own comment will not let me know you replied to me.

  5. I like this Simon Bolivar better:

    But seems to me that they have been trying to figure it out since 2004:

    In any case, I believe that if they show somebody that actually looked like bolivar, a lot of people would be disappointed at the short (5’5″), long nose, skinny and rather ugly dude.

  6. It will be about Bolivar, the first “Socialist”–that is, after the Original, Jesus Christ….

  7. So, what happens if the battle scenes are centre-right? Will Bolívar miss them as his white horse gallops to the left? How’s that going to happen?

  8. From the book- The Real Simon Bolivar by Andy Brown (considered to be his most
    famous quote)
    ‘I have ruled for 20 years and from these I have gained only a few certainties:
    America is ungovernable, for us;
    Those who serve a revolution plough the sea;
    The only thing one can do in America is emigrate;
    This country will fall inevitably into the hands of the unbridled masses and then pass almost imperceptibly into the hands of petty tyrants, of all colours and races;
    Once we have been devoured by every crime and extinguished by utter ferocity, the Europeans will not even regard us as worth conquering;
    If it were possible for any part of the world to revert to primitive chaos, it would be America in its final hour.’
    Bolivar was headed into exile and died on the way there.

  9. I am worried. Where is Mr. Kepler? If this topic doesn’t bring him out-nothing will.
    Hope he is Ok..

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