The long awaited film written by Emmy winner John Leguizamo & Kathy Demarco directed by Alfredo DeVilla who also directed Leguizamo in the Latino
Christmas family film “Nothing Like The Holidays.” Similar to his stage shows (Freak, Sexaholics & Ghetto Klown) the semi-autobiographical “Fugly!” was
shot in 2010 finally gets a release.
The film also stars
Radha Mitchell, Rosie Perez,
Vasquez, Rosie Perez (and I have to mention Ally Sheedy. C’mon the Breakfast Club!). The story which has been described as “anti-romantic” centers
around Jesse (Leguizamo) a nerd from the Bronx who was raised in a typical crazy Latino household where imagination is everything. Jesse eventually
finds his way to college and pretty much goes nuts with the ratio of women to men. That’s where he will also meet Lara Perry (Radha Mitchell) who
pretty teaches him how to open his wings. As with a lot of people who lose touch with people after college Jesse finds himself pursuing acting as his
passion back in NYC where he meets Zowie, a sexy cat-like Puerto Rican poet and actress played by Rosie Perez.
Fugly! Is all about highs and lows of a
career in the arts and how equally it affects our relationships. It’s also interesting that the screenplay allows John Leguizamo to explore the choices
he himself has made as an actor rather than hide behind a “character”.
Below is the trailer (it’s kinda NSFW)
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