"...AND STARRING PANCHO VILLA AS HIMSELF" (2003)

See if you can spot Rodrigo holding the flag, galloping alongside Antonio Banderas!

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself is a 2003 HBO film starring Antonio Banderas as Pancho Villa. The movie's tagline is Lights. Camera. Revolution. At the time of production, this was the most expensive 2-hour television/cable movie ever made, with a budget of over $30 million.

The film concerns the filming of 'The Life of General Villa' (which was shot in 1914) and is seen through the eyes of Frank N. Thayer, a studio boss's nephew who gets a career boost when he is placed in charge of the project. The actual contract that Pancho Villa signed with Frank N. Thayer and the Mutual Film Company on January 5, 1914 to film the Battle of Ojinaga still exists and is in a museum in Mexico City. The original film has been lost, but some unedited film reels of the battle, showing Pancho Villa and his army fighting Federal forces, as well as photographs and publicity stills taken from the original film still exist.

Filming Locations

Guanajuato, Mexico
Pozos, Guanajuato, Mexico
Querétaro, Mexico
San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico





(Pictures by Rico Torres)

Check out Javier and Rodrigo at 00:12 (Javier on far left, Rodrigo far right) and 01:46 (Rodrigo to left of Antonio Banderas)!!


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