The Best Of Salma Hayek

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The Mexican actress Salma Hayek is known for her work both in front and behind the camera. She has made a strong name for herself worldwide for her show-stopping talent and beauty from her beginnings in Mexico to her roles in international television and film.

In celebration of the release of Salma’s most recent film, Lessons in Love (on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms from November 9th, 2015), we’re taking a look at the films that put her in the spotlight.

Lessons in Love (2015)

Well-respected college professor of romantic history, Richard Haig (Pierce Brosnan), spends his nights indulging in his romantic fantasies with a stream of young and beautiful undergraduates. When he learns his 25-year-old girlfriend, Kate (Jessica Alba), is pregnant he follows her to America to begin a new chapter in his life, which involves getting to know her family, including her older and beautiful sister, Olivia (Hayek). Despite Olivia’s initial distaste for Richard, as time progresses it becomes increasingly clear that a connection between the two is undeniable.

Desperado (1995)

In 1995, Salma shared the screen with Antonio Banderas in Robert Rodriguez’s Desperado. This action-packed film follows Mariachi’s (Banderas) plan to follow one of the most dangerous Mexican drug lords, Bucho. Mariachi teams up with a beautiful bookstore owner (Hayek) in order to find and take down Bucho and his desperado army.

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

This cult classic stars Hayek alongside George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Ernest Liu, and follows the exploits of the sadistic Gecko brothers (Clooney and Tarantino) and the family they’ve taken hostage (Keitel, Liu and Lewis). After a string of robberies the siblings head to Mexico and kidnap the Fuller family to cross the border. Arriving at a bar, they quickly realize they’ve inadvertently stumbled into a venue teeming with horrific, blood-sucking vampires – including the jaw-droppingly seductive Santanico Pandemonium (Hayek).

Dogma (1999)

Kevin Smith’s brilliantly provocative comedy stars Linda Fiorentinoas an abortion clinic worker who is chosen to help prevent two rogue angels (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon) from re-entering Heaven and undoing the fabric of the universe. She is assisted by two unlikely prophets, Jay and Silent Bob, Rufus, the 13th Apostle (Chris Rock) and a muse with writer’s block, Serendipity (Hayek), as they attempt to prevent the angels from getting back to heaven.

Frida (2002)

In 2002 Salma stared in the true-life story of most highly acclaimed Mexican painters, Frida Kahlo, and her husband Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina). The film follows their turbulent relationship and ostentatious personalities that made them renown worldwide.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

This classic sees the return of mythic guitar-slinging hero, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), in the final instalment of the Mariachi/Desperado trilogy. El Mariachi makes his way across a rugged landscape on the trail of the sadistic cartel kingpin Barrillo (Willem Dafoe), who is plotting a coup d’etat against the president of Mexico. Enlisted by corrupt CIA operative Sands (Johnny Depp), El Mariachi is out for revenge.  Hayek reprises the role she took on in Desperado as bookshop owner Carolina, in a cast that also includes Mickey Rourke and Eva Mendes.

Grown Ups (2010)

When the basketball coach of five childhood best friends dies they gather with their families in tow for his funeral and a weekend at a lake house where they used to party. But after 30 years, each of the friends is dealing with their own unique challenges that come with adult life. Salma plays Roxanne, the fashion designer wife of Lenny (Adam Sandler), a wealthy Hollywood agent. The friends and families gather in attempt to rekindle the connection lost throughout years of adult-life trials and distractions.

Lessons in Love is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms from November 9th, 2015 courtesy of Arrow Films.

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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.



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