SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 23: Actor Ricardo Darin attends ‘La Odisea De Los Giles (Heroic Losers)’ premiere during 67th San Sebastian International Film Festival at Kursaal, San Sebastian on September 23, 2019 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
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Global Star Profiles: Ricardo Darín

"Times New Roman";color:windowtext;mso-font-kerning:18.0pt’>Darín Denzel Washington film Man on Fire, he turned down the offer. He was offered more money. He turned down the role again. In 2009, he told why. “I never felt an internal drive telling me, this [Hollywood] is my north. But, in addition, what they proposed to me did not interest me. One of those proposals was with Denzel Washington and Christopher Walken. I take off my hat to them, but they asked me to act as a Mexican drug trafficker. Oh, stop it! Why should drug traffickers all speak Spanish? It put me in a bad mood.”

"Arial",sans-serif;color:black;mso-themecolor:text1’> is one of the most celebrated actors in Spanish language cinema, best known in the US as the star of 2010’s Oscar-winning foreign language film The Secret in Their Eyes, a crime drama set in two different time periods 25 years apart and directed by Juan José Campanella. The film was remade in Hollywood in 2015 under the same title and starred Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Critics compared it unfavorably to the original.

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-font-kerning:18.0pt’>Darín’s Oscar-nominated films is the critically acclaimed anthology by Damián Szifrón, 2014’s Wild Tales. He earned the affectionate moniker from his character, ‘Bombita .’ The film won the BAFTA for Best Foreign Film, becoming the most seen film in Argentina. His 2001 film, El Hijo de la Novia was also nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film.

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Asghar Farhadi’s psychological thriller Everybody Knows, in which he was cast as Penélope Cruz’s husband. That same year, the mature love story, An Unexpected Love with Argentine actress Mercedes Moran, opened the San Sebastian Film Festival. It was the first film from mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black;mso-themecolor:text1;
mso-bidi-language:HI’>’s production company Kenya Films which he started with his actor son Chino, already in the family business. Remake rights have been sold to France and Mexico. Next up from Kenya Films was the heist feature set in Argentina’s 2001 financial crisis, Heroic Losers, which debuted at TIFF in 2019 and which was Argentina’s submission to the 2020 Oscars.

"Arial",sans-serif;color:black;mso-themecolor:text1’> was made an honorary Spanish citizen in 2006 by the King of Spain.