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Frida Preview

Frida Kahlo's bio hits the big screen with Salma Hayek starring as the Mexican artist

There was the one Madonna was going to do. There was the one that Laura San Giocomo was cast for. But of all the Frida Kahlo biopics in development over the last decade, it is Salma Hayek's that has crossed the finish line.

After 7 years of trying to produce and star in a film about the life of the Mexican artist - famed for her surreal self-portraits, monkeys, stormy marriage to muralist Diego Rivera, love affair with Leon Trotsky, and style-setting monobrow - Hayek rounded up a backer (Miramax), a director (Titus' Julie Taymor) and a Diego (Chocolat's Alfred Molina). "I was really in denial", says the actress, seen right on the Mexico City set with Taymor and co-star Ashley Judd (who plays photographer Tina Modotti). "I was terrified that it was all going to go away." On the contrary: If Frida comes off, Hayek will have arrived. (October)

Entertainment Weekly / January 2002.

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