Cuban-born actress Maria Conchita Alonso, who grew up in Venezuela and is a staunch opponent of President Hugo Chavez, plans to play a die-hard Chavez supporter in a film that takes a critical view of Latin America’s most outspoken leader.
Alonso, a Hollywood veteran who has appeared in films including “Moscow on the Hudson” and “The House of the Spirits,” said Monday that she will enjoy switching roles to play a passionate admirer of the president she deplores.
“It is not going to be very difficult to play a Chavista,” she told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Washington. “You know, love and hate are very close to each other.”
The film, “Two Minutes of Hate,” is to include real footage of Chavez’s speeches and his supporters firing guns from a bridge when chaos erupted at a large opposition march that led up to a short-lived 2002 coup.
Producer Edward Bass said he plans to begin shooting the film – written by a Venezuelan who remains anonymous – in Miami within three months. Bass said the concept is that “Venezuela is the Titanic, Chavez is the captain,” and Alonso’s character is in love with an anti-Chavez professor who in the semi-fictional account is among those shot and killed in 2002.
Bravo, Conchita! I can’t wait till the film comes out.