U.S. movie star Ron Perlman confirms link to new Cuban movie

Posted: 25-Aug-16 09:30

Hollywood actor Ron Perlman has joined local filmmaker Ernesto Daranas on set in Havana, with shooting already having begun on forthcoming movie The Castaway. Perlman's social media feed is away with images of Cuba, including the promenade area of Havana, where the majority of the filming will be done.

U.S. movie star Ron Perlman confirms link to new Cuban movie

One of America’s most esteemed male actors has arrived in Cuba ready to begin work on a brand new movie, which comes from the mind of a filmmaker who ranks among the island nation’s most celebrated directors, according to a report on Xinhua.

From Havana to Santa Clara, Cuba is awash with photogenic and cinematic settings just waiting to be discovered by location scouts. Nevertheless, thanks to a troubled history with the U.S., the world’s foremost producer of feature films, the Caribbean island has actually been featured in comparatively few international movies.

As the country continues to open up to the outside world following decades of relative isolation, though, this is expected to change. One of the first signs of that is the arrival of Ron Perlman, who is following in the footsteps of scores of intrepid American adventurers who have started descending on this destination since diplomatic relations with Washington were restored by President Obama in July 2015.

A classically trained thespian, who lays claim to countless stage plays, feature films and television roles, Perlman is the first Hollywood actor to ever appear in a local film-shooting project. Production on The Castaway has now commenced, as per the star’s social media posts, which included several pictures of locations in the seafront promenade area of Havana, where most of the picture will be made. The screen star is known for his roles in Cronos (1993), Hellboy (2004), Pacific Rim (2013), and Crime & Punishment (2002).

He also appeared in In The Name Of The Rose (1986), which despite its lukewarm box office receipts in the U.S. was a hit in other regions of the world, and is widely considered an important piece of historic cinema, focussing on a murder mystery set in the 14th Century era of Franciscan monks. From 1987 to 1990 he was involved in TV’s Beauty & The Beast, and garnered a Golden Globe Award for his lead performance in 1988’s Vincent.

Joining Perlman on the set of Ernesto Daranas’ latest film are Cuban artist Kelvis Ochoa, and his Irish colleague AJ Buckley. At the moment no firm details about the plot, proposed production schedule, or planned release date have been confirmed, leaving specifics open to speculation. One thing is for sure, though – the combination of an island that ranks amongst the most aesthetically stunning on the planet, and an actor who already has a mantelpiece brimming with significant commendations, should make for a truly special viewing experience once work has completed on the shoot.


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