Actor John Leguizamo has landed the role of Pablo Escobar in the upcoming biopic “King of Cocaine.”
After Oscar Isaac dropped out of the movie, the Ice Age star went to great lengths to prove to producers he was right for the role, even though he had been turned down several times, according to Deadline.com.
Leguizamo spent $15,000 on a fat suit and prosthetic makeup to look more like the drug kingpin in his prime.
He then filmed his own screen test and had producer Scott Steindorff submit it to movie studio executives without revealing the name of the actor behind the outfit. The Colombian star was hired shortly after.
In addition to Isaac, Benecio Del Toro was also in talks for the role.