Amigos del Español

Jon Hamm talks about his passion for reading... and for the Spanish National Soccer team

Jon Hamm is one of the most interesting actors in Hollywood and kindly he talked to us about his passion for reading, his admiration for the Spanish national soccer team and, of course, the new season of Mad Men. Thanks to the seductive fictional character Don Draper, the actor Jon Hamm has become a fixture in the new era of television. In Los Angeles we had the luck to interview him.

Ryan Gosling: “I’ve had fantasies of moving to Spain”

Ryan Gosling is one of the most attractive actors in Hollywood, probably the world’s hottest actor and with him we had the opportunity to talk in Los Angeles. In person he is normal, not a diva, maybe because he has been in the spotlight since he was a kid. And make no mistake — that’s what he is; he started out like Britney, Christina and Justin, on The Mickey Mouse Club, age 12. But today, a grown-up 32-year-old, there have been no sex tapes, no drug busts, no whiffs of scandal. Instead, he’s sharply dressed and well-groomed. He’s fit, and good at what he does for living. He’s weirdly normal, aside from being the coolest man on the planet. The ideal man does exist. It’s Ryan Gosling and he is planing to move to Spain...

Pitbull: “Spanish is the second most influential language”

Fully bilingual rapper, songwriter, and record producer Armando Pérez, better know as Pitbull, was born in Miami to Cuban parents. He began rapping at a very young age, and his first recorded performance was from the Lil Jon album Kings of Crunk in 2002. Two years later he released his debut album M.I.A.M.I. and in 2010 Armando was Pitbull’s first Spanish language studio album. Now days, Pitbull has become a global superstar as both, a recording and performing artist, with world tour sold out concerts in Latin America, Canada and Europe, and he is also a successful business entrepreneur. In the animated movie Epic, with Beyoncé Knowles and Colin Farrell, Pitbull gives his voice to Bufo, described by the artist as “a froggy that's in the forest with a suit on, and a chain, it looks like a Cuban from the by-gone times.” America Reads Spanish talked to Pitbull about his career, his music, his fans and the importance of Spanish in the USA.

Robert Downey Jr.: “Don Quixote” is brilliant, inspirational

He was destined to play Don Quixote in the big screen but the delay of the project turn away the possibility. Today Robert Downey Jr. is a big star thanks to the Iron Man franchise that has become a box office and a critical success. Nobody thought fifteen years ago that Robert Downey Jr. would be the face of that franchise, plus an Avenger. Problems aside he's made quite a comeback thanks to titles like Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man and Avengers. As a modern Don Quixote he knows how to fight against all odds.

Ben Stiller does strange things in movies to make people laugh


The actor and director Ben Stiller shows his talent speaking in Spanish in his latest movie Tower Heist. We went to New York to talk to him about his career and his interest in the Spanish language. To our surprise he was able to answer a few words in our language and confessed to us that in his next movie he will, again, speak Spanish.

Q:  You had some lines that were in  Spanish, how is your Spanish?

George Clooney: "I would love to learn Spanish"


Clooney is currently riding high. His latest film, The Descendants, won the Best Drama award at the Golden Globes at the weekend and he took a best-actor award. If it were not for the surprise success of The Artist, he and his film would be favourites to win an Oscar next month . His role in The Descendants is not a typical movie-star character. Clooney shows his age (50) in an emotional, bittersweet drama portraying a husband and father who takes off with his two daughters to track down his comatose wife’s lover. The character is somewhat helpless and vulnerable – what Clooney calls “a schlub” – with untidy hair and decidedly unstylish clothes.

Q: You seem to choose a very strange type of roles?

The leading man of House Hugh Laurie says that he speaks Spanish


The leading man of House Hugh Laurie admits that he speaks Spanish in this interview that we conduct in the set of the show.  During our conversation Hugh confessed that his alter ego went “off the deep end” last season. His role as the cantankerous Dr House has made him the highest paid actor on television - but it seems Hugh Laurie may be tiring of living the American dream. The actor hinted in this interview that after eight years this season of House could well be his last. Laurie has won critical and popular acclaim for his portrayal of the curmudgeonly but brilliant Dr Gregory House in the hugely popular medical drama House.

Q: I was expecting a cane?

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