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Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez makes being a villain look effortless in Jonathan Liebesman’s Wrath of the Titans, in theaters today. Ramirez plays Ares, the son of Zeus and Hera. As the god of war, this Caracas native vehemently goes toe-to-toe with co-stars Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes.
"I grew up watching fantasy movies and always had a wish to be in one," said Ramirez while promoting the film. "So to play Ares, one of the most prominent Olympian gods and, by definition, the greatest warrior ever, was a chance to fulfill that in a really fun way."
Here’s how the story goes, Ares is driven by revenge so he forms an alliance with his uncle, god of the underworld Hades, and his grandfather, the ancient Titan Kronos. Together with Hades, Ares conspires to capture and imprison Zeus in a plot to bring down the gods and unleash chaos on humanity. Crazy, right? But first he will have to take on his demigod brother, Perseus (Worthington).
"Ares enjoys fighting for the sake of fighting," said Ramirez. "The heat of battle is what ignites this character. He’s violent and aggressive, with a very big ego, yet fragile in a way—his pride is easily deflated by what he perceives to be Zeus’ preference for Perseus, the son who never loved Zeus. Ares feels excluded, so when Hades presents him with an opportunity for revenge, he takes it."
Ramirez made his American film debut in Tony Scott’s Domino, opposite Keira Knightley and Mickey Rourke. Audiences might remember him from The Bourne Ultimatum, Vantage Point, Steven Soderbergh’s Che and most recently Carlos, a three-part miniseries on the Sundance Channel. His portrayal of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramirez Sanchez brought him Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
He’s locked in to co-star with Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Joel Edgerton in Katheryn Bigelow’s Osama Bin Laden film. With his growing international appeal, Ramirez is also starring in the French film A Monkey on My Shoulder. Yes, ladies, he speaks French too, and get this--he’s also fluent in German, Italian and Spanish.
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