Quim Gutiérrez as Melchor in Disney’s live-action JUNGLE CRUISE. Photo courtesy of Disney. © 2021 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
If you’re looking for some fun and adventure this weekend then look no further than Disney’s Jungle Cruise. Inspired by the beloved Disney theme park ride, we join Frank, Lily, and McGregor on a trip down the river where they face all kinds of threats both natural and supernatural. The film is driven by the star power and chemistry of Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. But also include a great supporting cast. One that includes Venezuelan-born actor Edgar Ramirez.
In Jungle Cruise he plays the fearsome Captain Aguirre. He is the leader of a cutthroat crew of soldiers. Unfortunately, they have been cursed and now carry a personal vendetta that makes him and the others a threat to Frank and Lily. Is he a bad guy? Or is there more to his situation than meets the eye? LRM Online was part of a press event where we received great insight from Ramirez himself about Aguirre and his excitement to be part of the film.
“I love the mystery of my character, Aguirre, and the duality of the character. To play a character like Aguirre, who walks that very thin line between good and evil, is very interesting”, said Ramirez. “My character has a sorrow that the rest of the characters don’t necessarily share, so in a way my character lives in his own opera. He’s been suffering for so long and accumulating so much need for revenge against Frank. But he will learn that nothing good comes out of revenge.”
Ramirez was asked about his feelings on playing Aguirre in Jungle Cruise. Specifically, because he is also from Latin America. An area that is often under-represented in big feature films like this. “I’m very happy. It’s very special to be in a movie like this and to play a character. What I love about the movie, in general, is that it has so many beautiful and great characters that allow you to be on a journey. What I love about the Conquistadors, and Aguirre specifically, is that it really puts you on a journey into the past,” said Ramirez.
“That is beautiful. You know? It’s like you have all these fantastical elements, and that’s what I go to the movies for. I want to be on a journey. I want to be disconnected”, he continued. “And be able to dream of fantastical places and fantastical characters and creatures. So I’m very happy. The fact that I’m Latin American this is such a diverse cast, and we have people from all over the world.”
Disney’s Jungle Cruise takes us deep into the jungles of South America. Jungles and rivers are filled with beauty and dangers. It is these kinds of stories that we can hopefully continue to develop and portray on the big screen. Thus also continue to bring in amazing talent like Edgar Ramirez. Make sure to check him out this weekend!
Disney’s Jungle Cruise is now playing in theaters everywhere! As well as available on Disney+ with Premier Access.