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RODRIGO SANTORO (Frank Martinez) is one of Brazil's most talented and famous actors, with his versatility and range he has made a name for himself in the United States quickly becoming one of Hollywood's leading men.
This past May, Santoro recently starred alongside Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez in the comedy WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING, a role for which he was nominated for a 2012 Alma Award. He co-starred with Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen in highly acclaimed HBO film HEMINGWAY AND GELLHORN, a film about the romance between Ernest Hemmingway and WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn.
Rodrigo took on role of producer and starring role in HELENO a biopic of the tragic life of one of Brazil's greatest soccer players, Heleno de Freitas. The film premiered at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival with rave reviews and aired on BBC in November 2012. Rodrigo took home the award for Best Actor at the Havana Film Festival for his performance.
Last year, Rodrigo voiced one of the leading roles in FOX's blockbuster animated film Rio starring opposite Anne Hathaway and George Lopez. Rodrigo also starred opposite Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor in I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS which he plays "Jimmy", Carey's first love.
Additional films include Fox Searchlight's POST GRAD alongside Alexis Bledel and Michael Keaton, Steve Soderbergh's CHE and Pablo Trapero's LION'S DEN. CHE and LION'S DEN each had multiple nominations at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2008, Santoro was featured in writer/director David Mamet's REDBELT, the story of Mike Terry, a Jiu-jitsu master who has avoided the prize fighting circuit, instead choosing to pursue a life by operating a self-defense studio in Los Angeles. Santoro is already known for his performance in Warner Bros. 300, based on the Frank Miller's graphic novel, which broke box office records throughout the world. Rodrigo starred as "Xerxes," the Persian King who sent his massive army to conquer Greece in 480 B.C. He was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain. Rodrigo has also gained attention for his role of Paulo in ABC's hit series LOST.
Additionally, Rodrigo was honored to receive the Ischia award for International Contribution at the 2008 Ischia Global Film Festival in Italy. In 2007, he won Best Actor at the Cancun Film Festival for his portrayal of an obsessive photographer in the Brazilian film NAO POR ACASO (Not By Chance).
Rodrigo co-starred in Universal's romantic comedy LOVE ACTUALLY, alongside Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Liam Neeson. Rodrigo played "Karl", Laura Linney's co-worker grappling with the dicey protocol of an office romance. Prior to this film, Rodrigo made his American debut in the highly sought after role of Randy Emmers in CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE, directed by McG, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu.
Rodrigo has also been seen for the past two years starring as the "mystery man" opposite Nicole Kidman in the Baz Luhrmann directed commercial for Chanel.
In 2004 Rodrigo's starred in the Brazilian film, CARANDIRU, directed by Hector Babenco, which broke all Brazilian box office records for Brazil's entry in the Foreign Film category for the Academy Awards. CARANDIRU premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where Rodrigo received the Chopard Award for Male Revelation of the year. For his role in CARANDIRU he was also nominated for the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize of Best Actor and won for Best Supporting Actor at the Cartagena Film Festival. The movie was distributed in the US by Sony Pictures Classics and was a groundbreaking portrayal of the largest penitentiary in Latin America, the Sao Paulo House of Detention, and the lives of the people in it. Dr. DrÃ¡uzio Varella based the movie on the best-selling book CARANDIRU STATION.
Rodrigo has won a total of eight Best Actor awards, including the first ever award for Best Actor from the Brazilian Academy of Arts and Film, for his portrayal of a young man forced into a mental institution by his parents in Brainstorm, the critically acclaimed film by director Lais Bodansky.
For Rodrigo's role in BICHO DE SETE CABECAS (2001) he won five of his eight Best Actor awards including, Best Actor for the Brazilia Festival of Brazilian Cinema, Best Actor for the Cartagena Film Festival, Best Actor for Cinema Brazil Grand Prize, Best Actor for Recife Cinema Festival, and Best Actor for the Sao Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards.
He has also been celebrated for his performance in the Miramax film BEHIND THE SUN directed by Walter Salles (CENTRAL STATION), in which he played "Tonio," the middle son of a Brazilian family caught in the middle of an age-old family feud in 1910. He is forced by tradition and honor to kill a member of the neighboring family, positioning him next in line to be killed. The heart of the movie finds Tonio and his little brother discovering a world outside their family and home. BEHIND THE SUN was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2002 for Best Foreign Language Film.
Previous to that Rodrigo appeared opposite Helen Mirren, Olivier Martinez and Anne Bancroft in THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE, directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, for Showtime. Based on the novella by Tennessee Williams, THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE was nominated for five Emmy Awards in 2003.
Rodrigo recently wrapped the highly anticipated Warner Bros. film 300: BATTLE OF ARTEMESIA, the sequel to the blockbuster hit 300, in which Rodrigo will reprise his role of the arrogant, Persian Emporer Xerxes. He is currently working on the animated sequel RIO 2 again as the voice of the bird doctor "Tulio" slated for a 2014 release.
Rodrigo Santoro resides in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
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