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Enrique Iglesias: 1975—: Singer, Songwriter

Landed Role In Film

Iglesias also had the star power to land a role in the 2002 movie Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the third installment in Robert Rodriguez's story of El Mariachi, a wandering guitar playing vigilante, starring Antonio Banderas. In the movie, Iglesias plays one of three mariachis involved in a plot to rescue the president of Mexico.

Iglesias spoke to MTV about deciding to take the role, "I loved his [Robert Rodriguez's] movies and I'm not an actor, but he said, 'you don't have to be an actor. You can do it, '" Iglesias recalled. "I said, 'It can't be that hard to pick up a couple of guns and shoot.' "

Music, however, remained his primary passion. "Music is an addiction, " he told Vogue in 2000. "I'm so addicted that I keep on doing it." When Rolling Stone's Jancee Dunn asked Iglesias what he did to relax, he said, "Sleep." He toured tirelessly, often appearing in a different city daily. During one concert tour, a rotating crane reportedly carried Iglesias in a circular motion 40 feet above the crowd. The Latin pop star set lofty goals for himself. In January of 1996, Iglesias told the New York Times Magazine, "My dream is for my music to be heard in every corner of the world. I'd like to be in an elevator in Hong Kong and hear my songs." Six years later, after performing in countries around the world, he told the Sun in an online chat posted on Abstracts.net: "Right now I haven't even reached the climax of my musical career, so I still have a long way to go. I still feel like I have a lot of music in me that I want to do."

Selected discography

Enrique Iglesias, Fonovisa, 1995.

Vivir, Fonovisa, 1997.

Cosas Del Amor, Fonovisa, 1998.

Bailamos (includes "Bailamos"), Fonovisa,1999.

Best Hits, Enrique Iglesias, Fonovisa, 1999.

Enrique(includes "Bailamos," "Be With You," "Rhythm Divine," "Could I Have This Kiss Forever," and "Sad Eyes"), Interscope, 1999.

Escape (includes "Hero", "Escape"), Interscope 2001.



Current Biography Yearbook, H.W. Wilson Co., 1999, p. 282-283.

Newsmakers 2000, Issue 1, Gale Group, 2001.


Billboard, July 19, 1997, p. 1 October 30, 2001, p. 4.

Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, June 2, 2001, p. K1432, Oct. 30, 2001, p. K6736.

New York Times MagazineJanuary 21, 1996, p. 14

NewsdayMarch 15, 1999, p. B6.

People Weekly, April 22, 1996, p. 144 May 11, 1998, p. 141 Nov. 5, 2001, p. 43+, p.

RollingStone, February 3, 2000, p. 28

South Florida Sun SentinelFebruary 22, 2002, "Showtime" p. 36

Vogue November 2000, p. 226


Abstracts.net, http://abstracts.net

AMG All Music Guide, http://allmusic.com

Biography Resource Center, http://galenet.galegroup.com

CDNow, http://cdnow.com

Enrique Iglesias, Official Website, http://enriqueiglesias.com

Enrique-Online.com, http://silverwing.net/enrique/press/

MTV.com, http://www.mtv.com

Rock on the Net, http://www.rockonthenet.com

RollingStone.com, http://www.rollingstone.com

—Joan Axelrod-Contrada

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