Sure, you know the names Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton... but is the name Cantinflas familiar? Perhaps not, but he was only the most famous comic to come from Mexico -- so famous, in fact, he was dubbed "the Charlie Chaplin of Mexico" by many. Born Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes in 1911 to an impoverished family in Mexico City, he started out as a prizefighter and circus performer (adopting the stage moniker "Cantinflas") before developing a career in theater and film playing, like Chaplin, el pelado -- a poor everyman. His breakthrough came with Ahí está el detalle in 1940, and he would go on to win a Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy in 1956 for Around the World in Eighty Days. After a long and successful career, the comic actor died in 1993.
Now, a new biopic will introduce Cantinflas to a new generation. Opening this weekend in limited release, Cantinflas follows the comic's story from his humble beginnings. Check out interviews with the cast, below, and five reasons why the guy rocked according to our own Fandango Cine.
Cantinflas Cast Interviews:
Five reasons why Cantinflas rocks: