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Talk about having a good day, actor John Leguizamo just landed roles in two upcoming high-profile films. After lending his voice to yet another 'Ice Age' film this year, Leguizamo's 2013 will now include working with Ridley Scott in 'The Counselor' and appearing in 'Kick-Ass 2.' For 'The Counselor,' he'll be playing a low-level drug dealer. That film represents novelist Cormac McCarthy's first original screenplay. In 'Kick-Ass 2,' Leguizamo will play, Javier, a bodyguard assigned to protect fledgling villain The Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Reportedly Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, and Nicolas Cage are all returning for the sequel. Leguizamo also recently made a deal to star in the pilot 'Only Fools and Horses' for ABC.
Not exactly sure how to feel about this news. On the one hand, Leguizamo is not my favorite actor. However, that's largely a product of the films in which he has appeared, and many times an actor's career can stray far from their control. So it's not always fair to judge a performer's abilities based on the roles he's able to land. That being said, I think the sour taste of some of his work in the 90s still lingers in the mouths of many movie-goers. I am interested to see what he's able to do with a McCarthy-scripted, Scott-directed film. Great directors tend to elicit great performances. I'm also really excited for 'Kick-Ass 2' and love the idea of Leguizamo playing the heavy, if only because the only person next to whom he could conceivably look tough in that movie would be Mintz-Plasse.
What do you guys think? Any Leguizamo fans out there want to sound off about these gigs? Did they make the right casting choice?