Edgar Ramirez is Gianni Versace for the new American Crime Story
1. Edgar Ramirez has a knack for playing real life characters
The 40-year-old has played Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Durán in Hands of Stone, Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal in Carlos and Venezuelan political leader Simón Bolívar in The Liberator. This time, the Venezuelan-born Ramirez will play the late Gianni Versace in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
2. He could have been a political journalist
Ramirez graduated from Venezuela's Andrés Bello Catholic University with a degree in journalism and politics. Also a polyglot, he speaks five languages: Spanish, German, English, French and Italian — a result of him living in different countries while his father was a diplomat.
3. The actor joins a cast of big-time stars
Not only is he joining a show created by the same guys behind The People v. O.J. Simpson, Ramirez joins Latin popstar Ricky Martin, who plays Versace's partner Antonio D'Amico, and Penelope Cruz, who plays Donatella Versace. Based on the 1999 book, Vulgar Favors, by Maureen Orth, the mini-series starts off at the scene of the crime, when Versace was shot and killed by a gunman outside his Miami Beach villa in 1997.
4. He doesn't really wear what's fashionable
While he likes fashion, Ramirez understands that not everything goes with a person's style. According to an interview with the New York Post, he says that he does appreciate the beauty of certain items and particularly favours the style of old Hollywood and the golden age of European cinema. Style icons he admires include the likes of Cary Grant and Ryan Gosling.
5. Ramirez took lots of #ThrowbackThursdays
The first thing the actor did was to understand the situation in the '90s. Set around the politics of homosexuality in '90s America, Ramirez explained: "So basically Versace, he captured the sexuality and the run-down element of the '70s. He combined and married it to the opulence and exuberance of the '80s. And then everyone went crazy in the '90s."
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres on 17 January.
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