Friday, February 10, 2012

Nerd Girl of Note #142: Salma Hayek

Once again I am embarrassed by how little mention another of my favorites has gotten on this blog. Hayek is one of my favorite actresses whom I first discovered in From Dusk 'til Dawn as the alluring vampire queen, Satanico Pandemonium. Aside from that she has been a regular in the Robert Rodriguez "El Mariachi" films starting with the second film, Desperado. She had done other work in the US and Mexico prior to this, and since has appeared in Kevin Smith's Dogma, 54, Wild Wild West, Frida, Spy Kids 3-D, the more-awesome-than-given-credit ¡Bandidas!, and will do voice work as "Cutlas Liz" in the upcoming animated version of Pirates! A Band of Misfits based on the books by Gideon Defoe. Hayek also was executive producer and occasional star of Ugly Betty, the US version of Yo soy Betty, la fea and producer of the biopic Frida.

One thing I love about Hayek is that she is not just "tits on a stick" as is common among many of the world's extremely hot people. She is rather opinionated and not afraid to take a stand on things. She garnered a lot of unnecessary hostility for breastfeeding a child in Sierra Leon in 2009. The negative reaction typifies a lot of US hypocrisy when it comes to the poor of the world. On other fronts she particularly brought Ugly Betty and Frida to screens in the US, partly I am sure because they would be well received, but also as a way of legitimizing Latino characters and historical figures to gringo audiences, not to mention the chance to provide the US's growing Latino population entertainment they could identify with. She had also partnered with MGM to create Ventanazul Productions which she was to head. Unfortunately I cannot find much current information, but at the time the goal was to create television and films for the Latino audience and feature Latino talent.

"Society thinks if you don't have children, you've failed as a woman, even if you are CEO of a company. You've got to be beautiful, smart, skinny, tall, rich, successful at your job, married to the right guy—and have genius children. And by the way, you also have to be a nun!" — from Marie Claire 2007

So, this post is going to be pretty picture heavy, but I dare say I lack the communicative skill to accurately describe the awesomeness Ms Hayek brings.

As "Satanico Pandemonium" in From Dusk 'til Dawn

Satanico again.

As Frida Kahlo

"Cutlas Liz" poster for The Pirates! A Band of Misfits

With Antonio Banderas. Likely a publicity still for one of the "El Mariachi" films.

Sensing a theme here yet?

Campari ad campaign still.

From a Campari commercial.

"Serendipity" from Dogma

Not afraid to get them out when it will put eyes on televisions. How many people wanted to watch Ugly Betty for the first time after hearing about this episode?


T. Roger Thomas said...

I think the header on this blog just got more top heavy.

Great shots of an incredibly beautiful woman.

DrunkethWizerd said...

Wonderful post and new header. But on top of that, Salma Hayek is so goddess.

Lisa K. said...

Ah, she's wonderful and ever since I saw her in Desperado I think of her as one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Too bad she gets killed off so fast in FdtD.
That one picture with the match in her mouth was shot because she doesn't want to be photographed smoking (bad influence), so they used a match instead #themoreyouknow.
Great you brought up that breastfeeding story- people never complain when she gets her tits out, but when she brestfeeds a child it's a disaster. And Banditas is glorious :D
What a fantastic post!

Darius Whiteplume said...

@TRT - indeed :-)

@Erik - Thanks, and I am with you. If I must be religious... ;-)

@Lisa - What is FdtD? The breastfeeding thing was so weird. Many people in the US were either outraged, or joked that the kid was lucky. I don't know why we sexualize breast feeding in this country. I loved "Bandidas" as well. It was a lot of fun.

Lisa K. said...

From dusk till dawn.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I should have known that. [facepalm]

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Desperado and Once Upon A Time In Mexico are great Salma movies. She was also terrific on '30 Rock'.

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