Santiago Segura

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Santiago Segura
Santiago Segura.jpg
Born Santiago Segura Silva
(1965-07-17) 17 July 1965 (age 53)
Madrid, Spain
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer and actor

Santiago Segura Silva (born 17 July 1965 in Madrid) is a Spanish actor, screenwriter, director and producer of Spanish cinema, popular for its pentalogy film series Torrente. He also worked to a lesser extent as a TV presenter, voice actor and comic writer, as well as being an original collector.

At 12, he began making films with a Super-8 camera, and, after a recommendation from Fernando Trueba, began to make films in 35 mm, funded by his appearances in TV game shows. Fame would come with his first feature, Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley, to be followed by numerous sequels that would make it the highest grossing Spanish film series.

Life and career[edit]

Santiago was born in the Carabanchel neighbourhood in Madrid. After studying Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid,[1] he decided to pursue a career as a filmmaker and in 1989 he directed the short Relatos de medianoche with a budget of 7000 pesetas (around US$50). In 1992 he went on to direct his first professional short Evilio, followed with Perturbado in 1993.

Segura is a recurring protagonist in the works of directors Alex de la Iglesia and Guillermo del Toro.

In 1993, he had a small role in Alex de la Iglesia's film Acción mutante. Two years later, he starred in El día de la Bestia, from the same director and that role made him famous in Spain.[2][3] In 1998 he directed the film that brought him to stardom, Torrente: El brazo tonto de la ley (1998), in which he also acted as the lead character José Luis Torrente, a sleazy crime-fighter.[4] Its popularity led to a sequel (Torrente 2: Misión en Marbella)[5] and a computer game (Torrente: El juego).[6]

Torrente 2: Misión en Marbella made €22,838,500 at the Spanish box office, becoming the highest grossing Spanish film of all time.[7] Torrente 3: El protector, the third film in the series, was released in September 2005. Its advertising campaign parodied Batman Begins, using the phrase "Torrente Acabado" ("Torrente Finished"). Although he declared Torrente 3: El protector would be the last of the Torrente series, Torrente 4 was released in 2011.[8] In 2010, he played the title role in El gran Vázquez,[9] based on the life of the legendary cartoonist/wastrel Manuel Vázquez Gallego.[10]

In 2014 he released Torrente V: Operación Eurovegas with Alec Baldwin as guest star,[11] and was the top release of 2014 in Spain.[12][13]

He has since made his way into American culture by making appearances in movies such as Pacific Rim, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Blade II (all of them by Del Toro), Perdita Durango (by De la Iglesia), Jack and Jill and Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London.

He has also dubbed video games to Spanish, like Jack Black's role in Brütal Legend.[14]

Because of his success, Santiago Segura has become a producer.[15] He owns Amiguetes Entertainment company, he is associated with the theater in Estación del Norte in Madrid,[16] and has produced Promedio rojo (2004) (featuring Nicolás López)[17][18] and Aquí mando yo... y punto com.[19]

In 2018 he appeared in the third season of MasterChef Celebrity.[20]

Filmography[edit]

  • Sin Rodeos (2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Santiago Segura". NNDB. Soylent Communications. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  2. ^ García, Yago (20 October 2015). "'El día de la Bestia': 20 años con el Anticristo". Cinemanía (in Spanish). El Mundo. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  3. ^ Galán, Diego (15 March 2003). "La bestia anda suelta". El País (in Spanish). PRISA. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  4. ^ Manrique Sabogal, Winston (24 July 1997). "Santiago Segura será "el brazo tonto de la ley", en su debú como director". El País (in Spanish). Madrid: PRISA. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  5. ^ Urrero, Guzmán (12 August 2010). "Santiago Segura nos habla de "Torrente 2: Misión en Marbella"". The Cult (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Mejor Videojuego basado en una película". 20 Minutos (in Spanish). 4 July 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  7. ^ "'Torrente 2' logra el récord de taquilla de un filme español en un fin de semana". El País (in Spanish). Madrid: PRISA. 3 April 2001. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  8. ^ Rolfe, Pamela (14 March 2011). "Santiago Segura's 'Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis' Breaks Box-Office Record in Spain". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Santiago Segura protagoniza 'El gran Vázquez', basada en la vida del dibujante de los cómic de 'Anacleto'". Europa Press (in Spanish). Madrid. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  10. ^ EFE (18 September 2010). "Santiago Segura presenta la faceta más oscura de Manuel Vázquez". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). San Sebastián. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Santiago Segura presenta a Alec Baldwin como nuevo fichaje de 'Torrente 5'". Atresmedia Cine (in Spanish). Madrid. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  12. ^ García, Rocio (6 October 2014). "'Torrente 5', el mejor estreno de 2014". El País (in Spanish). Madrid: PRISA. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  13. ^ "El cine español consigue en 2014 la mejor taquilla de su historia". 20 Minutos (in Spanish). 10 December 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  14. ^ Aparicio, Daniel G. (26 October 2009). "Santiago Segura, doblador de Brutal Legend: "Soy un 'catacaldos' de los videojuegos"". 20 Minutos (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  15. ^ Medina, Marta (13 March 2018). "Santiago Segura: así construyó un simple figurante el imperio Torrente". El Confidencial (in Spanish). Titania Compañía Editorial, S.L. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  16. ^ Villar, Cote (1 April 2015). "El 'holding' de Santiago Segura: restaurantes, un teatro, pisos..." El Mundo (in Spanish). Unidad Editorial Información General S.L.U. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Promedio rojo". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Promedio rojo". ABC (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  19. ^ Migelez, Xabier (20 September 2017). "TVE encarga una comedia a la productora de Santiago Segura". El Confidencial (in Spanish). Titania Compañía Editorial, S.L. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  20. ^ EFE (20 April 2018). "Mario Vaquerizo, Boris Izaguirre y Santiago Segura participarán en 'MasterChef Celebrity'". Heraldo de Aragón (in Spanish). Madrid: Henneo. Retrieved 13 September 2018.

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