Edgar Ramirez’s plea following the death of his grandmother.
A star of Disney’s upcoming film revealed a family tragedy and appealed to audiences.
Edgar Ramirez is in the unusual position of having to promote a film he filmed three years ago, Disney’s Jungle Cruise, just one week after the death of his grandmother.
However, the Venezuelan actor, who is best known for his roles in The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Zero Dark Thirty, and Carlos, is optimistic about using the opportunity to remind everyone of the pandemic’s gravity – revealing how it has affected his own family.
“We have lost a lot of loved ones, especially in my family,” Ramirez tells news.com.au via Zoom from Disneyland in Los Angeles, where he is seated next to the Jungle Cruise ride that inspired the film. “I lost my grandmother to covid a week ago, and members of my family are currently fighting for their lives in the hospital. I hope that we can use this conversation to remind everyone that the pandemic is not over, that we must trust science, that we must get vaccinated, that we must be responsible with the information we share, and that we must refrain from spreading misinformation. It is critical that we all contribute our fair share and protect ourselves and one another. We’re going to make it through this. “
We have done so previously, and we have done so through faith in science and through vaccines. Not only have we defeated polio and other diseases in the past, but entire continents have benefited from the vaccine. The history of vaccines is palpable – and I hope we continue to do our part to help us recover as quickly as possible.”
Ramirez argues that a film like Jungle Cruise, which also stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall, can provide a much-needed reprieve for a world that has been put to the test for more than a year and counting.
The film is set in the early twentieth century and follows a British botanist (Blunt) and her posh brother (Whitehall) as they travel to the Amazon in search of a mythical plant whose leaves are said to cure any disease and break any curse.
Ramirez portrays Aguirre, a Spanish conquistador cursed four centuries ago during his own quest for the plant, and ostensibly one of the film’s antagonists.
Jungle Cruise is a fantastical adventure brimming with daring action sequences and family-friendly conflict. Its larger-than-life tone, Ramirez believes, may provide the distraction audiences seek.
“This film is sorely needed, as is an experience like this,” he says. “What is most needed is a window of escape, just a few healthy minutes of detachment from reality. And I’m overjoyed that we’re able to share this film with the world. I hope that people find solace, comfort, and joy in this magnificent, epic adventure. “The primary reason I go to the movies – at least on a personal level – is to be detached from my own reality; I want to be invited into the unknown, into a world that is foreign to me. I want to be able to dream of a world that is larger than my own, and I believe Jungle Cruise does an incredible job of transporting us.”
Ramirez was drawn to Jungle Cruise, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, for a variety of reasons. Additionally, it was an opportunity to portray a Spanish-speaking character in a production on the scale and scope of a Disney production.
“It reflects the multicultural world in which we live, and I believe it is a beautiful and necessary reflection of our diverse reality.
I’m overjoyed that mainstream media and cultural products are increasingly becoming a reflection of the world we live in, especially on this scale. “It provides not only a sense of reality, but also color, texture, and layers.”