Wednesday December 22 2:54 AM ET
By John Hopewell and Christian Moerk
MADRID (Variety) - Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek will
shoot a movie in Spain for the first time next month, when she
stars in a Spanish-language comedy called "La Gran Vida'' (The
Hayek will play Lola, a Mexican waitress working in Madrid
who befriends a 30-year-old suicidal man (Carmelo Gomez,
''Vacas''), who has borrowed $1 million to blow on his last day
on Earth, knowing he'll be killed anyway if he fails to return
the dough. Having met Lola, however, he decides that life may be
worth living after all.
Budgeted at about $4.3 million, a decent sum by local
standards, the film will shoot in Madrid for nine weeks,
starting Jan. 27. It will mark the feature film debut of local
TV director Antonio Cuadri. The independent picture has no
Hayek is currently in theaters with Kevin Smith's "Dogma,''
playing a stripper.