Santiago Segura: an Iberian icon

Santiago Segura: an Iberian icon
Santiago Segura: an Iberian icon

02/18/2020 Santiago Segura in Father there is only one 2 CULTURE SONY PICTURES

The versatile Spanish actor and director, Santiago Segura, is a profound influence on the Iberian cinematographic panorama. Since his inception, he has proven to be a unique talent, earning him the title of icon. Born on July 17, 1965 in Madrid, Spain, Segura began his career in show business with forays into theater and television, before establishing himself as a prominent figure in the film industry.

The first major incursion of Santiago Segura in the cinema it was produced with The Day of the Beast (1995), directed by Alex de la Iglesia. In this black comedy, Safe He plays a priest who, convinced that the Antichrist is about to be born, embarks on a strange odyssey to avoid the apocalypse. The film received praise for its bold approach and its mix of dark humor and supernatural elements.

In Torrente, the foolish arm of the law (1998), Safe took on the lead role and also directed this black comedy that became a box office phenomenon in Spain and globally. Playing José Luis Torrente, a vulgar and corrupt police officer, Safe satirized the stereotypes of action cinema and Spanish popular culture. The film, although controversial, established Safe as an actor and director capable of challenging conventions. The success was such that it ensured continuations for all the years to come.

Moscow Gold (2003), directed by Jesus Bonillais another piece in the filmography of Safe. In this adventure comedy, the actor plays a man who, along with a motley group of characters, searches for a lost treasure. The film stands out for its humorous tone and light approach, offering an entertaining experience to the audience. The year before he had a cameo in the superhero movie Blade II (2002), directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Guillermo del Toro with Santiago Segura

In Father there is only one (2019), directed and starring himself, the actor takes on a leading role as the father of a large family. The comedy addresses the struggles and challenges of parenthood, providing a comedic touch to the everyday experiences of family life. It was so popular that it spawned two sequels.

The versatility of Santiago Segura is reflected in his participation in The spark of life (2011), directed by Alex de la Iglesia -with whom he repeated several times as the case of The Witches of Zugarramurdi (2013)-. In this dramatic comedy, Safe He plays a man who, after an accident, becomes the center of media attention. The film addresses issues of fame and journalistic ethics, offering a satirical look at contemporary society. Share screen with Salma Hayek.

Santiago Segura He continues to be a beloved and respected figure in Spanish cinematography, standing out not only as an actor, but also as a director and screenwriter. His impact on Iberian cinema is undeniable, and his presence in cult projects makes him an icon in the collective memory of Spanish film buffs and all of Ibero-America.

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