However, despite acknowledging that Chastain and Ramirez have grown close, a separate source has stressed that the two are "just good friends".
"He has the ability to be a kick-ass bad guy but also to be very vulnerable in a way that doesn't seem melodramatic or cheesy; Edgar manages to make it seem very real."Paul Greengrass, who directed Ramirez in "Bourne," agreed."The essence of Edgar's strength as an actor is that he's morally ambiguous," he said.
"He could be a good guy, he could be a bad guy; he could be a good guy doing bad things or a bad guy doing good things. His is a face that gives nothing away yet is full of possibilities, and that's what makes him so exciting to watch."He's not gunning to become a Latin American Jet Li, though." 'Action hero' would be a label that I wouldn't really relate to, not because I think it's bad but because it's not the way I approach my characters," Ramirez said with the sort of unfeigned earnestness that he brings to his roles.
So no matter if they were pro- or anti-Chavez, people continued watching.
It was like national therapy or catharsis."The show's success was a turning point for Ramirez, who had acted in a few independent movies but had qualms about introducing himself as an actor."That show actually walked hand in hand with the country through one of the most confusing periods of its contemporary history," Ramirez recalled.
"I still have credentials to observe elections," Ramirez recounted recently over a slab of steak at an Argentine restaurant in New York. In the wildly popular telenovela "Cosita Rica," Ramirez had rocketed to fame as a poor street vendor in love with two women he didn't know were twins, both played by Marisa Román.
"I went to the banlieue, the very faraway voting centers, and it was really amazing the amount of people who were intending to vote."Like many Venezuelan nationals, Ramirez knows both the fruits and perils of participatory democracy firsthand: He was in his native Caracas in 20, during the infamous period when President Hugo Chavez was briefly ousted in a military coup, then reinstated, then subject to a protracted and polarizing national recall referendum."It was one of the most terrifying and otherworldly experiences ever, to see my country falling apart, on the verge of a civil war," said Ramirez, 30, who has a degree in mass communications and got his voting-observer credentials through Dale al Voto, a Latin American Rock the Vote initiative. According to Carolina Acosta-Alzuru, an associate professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Georgia, who was also in Venezuela during the recall referendum period, the on-screen romance of Ramirez and Román made them as iconic as U. soaperstars Luke and Laura in their early-'80s "General Hospital" heyday.
New York When actor Edgar Ramirez had a break from shooting "The Bourne Ultimatum" in London last spring, he didn't hit the English nightclubs or take a long weekend to unwind in the Cotswolds.
Instead, he hopped over to Paris to observe the first round of the French national elections.
Meanwhile, Chastain's beauty was recently praised by her fellow co-star Kyle Chandler, who said he found her eyes distracting.
He quipped: "She is very difficult to work with and I'll tell you why.
'Bigelow’s partnership with Boal, who met her about ten years ago when she inquired about a story he’d written for Playboy, has taken her into new and rewarding territory, his journalistic cred a complement to her unsentimental, realist aesthetic,' he wrote.'Their collaboration - she calls herself ‘a delivery system for Mark’s content’ - is so intense that many assume it is, or was, romantic, something the two have never acknowledged, denied, or discussed.