“The Bourne Ultimatum” star Edgar Ramirez has swiftly replaced Javier Bardem as the lead role in the new film about Colombian druglord Pablo Escobar entitled, “Killing Pablo.” It was only just made public yesterday that Bardem had scheduling conflicts and could not accept the role.
Today it was announced that Venezolano Edgar Ramirez would be taking over the role. Director Joe Carnahan had this to say about Ramirez:
I spent the last week in Colombia with Edgar Ramirez talking ‘Pablo’ and he has every intention of portraying Escobar and I couldn’t be more fired up by the prospect. He’s coming at it with boundless enthusiasm, conviction to the role and and the understanding that he’s going to have to pack on anywhere from 35 to 40lbs.
I don’t know how actors have the strength to gain and lose weight so easily. Isn’t that bad for your body?