ByTino Jochimsen, writer at
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Tino Jochimsen

Who has seen Entourage knows that making a biopic about notorious Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar can be... difficult.

Why should real life be any easier?

First the title change: were not talking about The Ballad of Pablo Escobar anymore, but about the King of Cocain. With this changed title comes the news that a distributor for the pic has finally been found in Relativity Media.

Brad Furman's long-gestating biopic has seen several interested leading man come and go. The last gifted thesp to depart the project was Oscar Isaac. Now, according to Deadline, Furman has finally found his Escobar. And boy, does the actor seem motivated.

John Leguizamo, who was deemed not enough of a box office draw by producer/financier Scott Steindorff, was repeatedly told no before he invested $15,000 of his own money in a fat suit (!) and made an audition tape. This was sent to executive producers over at distributor Relativity.

After having watched the tape without knowing who was in that juicy suit, said executives inquired who they were just beholding.

John Leguizamo was hired shortly thereafter.


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