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Jaime Lorente and Belén Cuesta play the tamer and the ‘star’ in the Atresplayer Premium series that reviews their turbulent marriage in a Spain that was beginning to taste freedom.

Anyone who lived in Spain between the eighties and the beginning of the 21st century and turned on the television from time to time or bought a magazine, will have an idea formed about the protagonists of this story. They were at the top, fell in love quickly, and soon after, all hell broke loose. The story of Ángel Cristo and Bárbara Rey goes from fairy tale to horror story in the barely eight years that their marriage lasted. Cristo y Rey, the series that Atresplayer Premium premieres this Sunday, takes as material the versions of its protagonists and what was reported in the media at that time to, in eight episodes, trace a path that goes from the dazzling lights of the circus and the spotlights of uncovering cinema and TV, to the darkness of drugs, addiction and violence.

The story begins with an Angel Christ at the top, collecting the title of best tamer in the world in Russia in 1969. Winner, married and happy. In the next scene, ten years later, he threatens with a gun whoever takes his tigers from the Russian Circus. Newly widowed from his first wife, his life is out of date and he is drowning in debt. Bárbara Rey is the muse of uncovering, an icon of openness, freedom and the Transition. She is at the top and rubs shoulders with the highest spheres —from the first episode, the series makes her relationship with Juan Carlos I explicit. To talk about the series that recounts the relationship between tamer and vedette, this newspaper brought together its creator, Daniel Écija, and the actors who play the two protagonists, Jaime Lorente and Belen Cuesta.

“It is the story of an era”, says Écija. “The series explains the journey of a country from a dictatorship to embrace freedom, but it is a country that drags characters who have been educated without knowing how to manage that freedom, with many defects. They are exponents of an education that many people suffered during the dictatorship and who had to deal with the explosion that was the Transition and freedom, with many deficiencies to deal with something as difficult as coexistence and love. For its creator, this story shows “endemic conflicts of individuals and society today”. “They were very modern, she especially. Ángel wanted to, but like so many individuals, they did not give him good cards”. Cristo, who died in 2010, dragged years of drug addiction problems, which he began using during his marriage. In 1989, Rey denounced him for mistreatment.

The writers and producers were soon clear that Jaime Lorente should be the one to play the tamer. “I didn’t know where I was going to go”, admits the actor. “I found out about his life and it seemed to me that the character was less interesting than what the series paints him to be. The first part, more of lights, more circus, was a lot of fun to do, but then we get into dark places. Normally, one feels identified with his characters in some things, but there came a time when I didn’t feel identified at all in anything”, admits Lorente.

Finding Bárbara Rey was more complicated. “We were searching and searching and nothing. One day Belén [Cuesta] appeared in these offices, put on a wig and did a bestial sequence, our jaws dropped”, recalls Écija of a decision that, a priori, did not seem the most natural due to the scant resemblance between the two. “When they asked me to do the casting, I didn’t know if I wanted to do it, because of the cliché and the image one has of her. But I wanted to get rid of it. In addition, it is a way of doing justice and for people to understand what this woman was and what she went through. She is a character that is very foreign to me, nothing to do with me, and at the same time, I feel a great responsibility for being able to tell her in the best possible way”, explains Belén Cuesta.

Fact and fiction
A sign at the beginning of the series warns that the plot is inspired by real events and characters, but that it has also been heavily fictionalized “for dramatic purposes”. “We have worked a lot with Bárbara and with Ángel’s entourage. We were able to speak with Payasito before he died [Francisco Javier García-Ontiveros, known as Payasito, was a friend of Ángel Cristo and died in October 2021]. I have had twenty-odd hours of conversation with Bárbara”, details Écija, who has also had the help of the journalist Chelo García Cortés, played in the series by Adriana Torrebejano. When this interview took place, Bárbara Rey had not yet seen the series because she wanted to wait to see it in its entirety. “He came to the shoot on the wedding day. It was very exciting for her. She is very concerned with what will excite her, the journey that the series will be for her”, continues the scriptwriter.

Once they gathered the necessary material, the series has not hesitated to imagine with reality as a starting point. “Fiction is fiction and this is an interpretation of the time. I think that the essence and the pillars are honest, but I do want to work on the packaging to make it an exciting and entertaining journey for the viewer”, defends Écija about her approach to this story. “Of course, we did not avoid one of the conflicts that this relationship had, they are all there, from a responsible point of view, but that does not mean that we avoid them. When you talk about the king and the relationship with Barbara and you talk about responsibility, you may think that we have censored ourselves, but not at all”. Actor Cristóbal Suárez plays King Juan Carlos. “Good night, Majesty”, says Bárbara Rey in the first episode of the series. “How many times have I told you not to call me that?” Juan Carlos answers when she goes to one of her clandestine meetings. “All of that is in the series as we have investigated and as we believe it was. If not, we would not have started to make this series”, defends Écija.

For the actors, interpreting real characters that, moreover, are so etched in the recent memory of the country is a challenge that Belén Cuesta faces with concern. “I want her to feel moderately satisfied with the reflection that I give of her”. To prepare the character, Cuesta and Rey chatted one afternoon over coffee. “More than knowing what was real and what was not, I wanted to know what she was like in private, how María is more than Bárbara [Bárbara Rey’s real name is María García García], how she related to her father, how she spoke to his children, what he was like in intimacy with Ángel…”. “It is clear that I am not Bárbara Rey nor do I have her voice”, continues the actress. “I could have gotten closer to her character trying to imitate her, but I think I would have gone more into a parody. I wanted to tell the story, how he suffered, how he felt. I am the first who, when he sees a biopic, starts looking if they are similar or if they are well characterized. I assume that this is going to happen and that people will say that I don’t have such long legs. Obviously, I’m not Barbara Rey. But I want people to understand her story more than to see if I look alike or not”.

Pop characters
Along with titles like Veneno, Bosé, Nacho or Camilo Superstar, Cristo y Rey could be included in a national television trend that likes to look back at characters that have marked recent popular culture in Spain. “I think it is a way to look at ourselves”, says Belén Cuesta. “It also makes you see that the memories we have are often totally prostituted. You have something in your imagination and when you revisit it you realize that it was not like that”, adds Jaime Lorente.

Écija explains this trend in a more pragmatic way: “It saves a lot of marketing and communication. At the time when hundreds of series are released a year, it is a shorter and cheaper way to generate interest in the viewer. But you also have to respond to the expectations generated by memory, which is quite unreliable”.

Source : elpais.com

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Belén Cuesta will be the protagonist along with Jaime Lorente of Cristo y Rey, the series created by Daniel Écija that will revive, four decades later, the relationship of the best tamer in the world, Ángel Cristo, with the actress and muse of uncovering, Bárbara Rey , in a plot that will cover his most mediatic years.

Antena 3 today announced the start of filming by sharing the first image of its protagonists and completing the cast that will include Adriana Torrebejano, Cristobal Suárez, Artur Busquets, José Milán, Chema Adeva, Belén Ponce de León, Vicente Vergara, Diana Peñalver, Salomé Jiménez, David Lorente and Secun de la Rosa, among others.

Montse García and Daniel Écija are the executive producers of this new fiction from the Series Atresmedia label that promises to show us the day-to-day life of Ángel Cristo and Bárbara Rey and how they marked the media agenda of Spanish society during the last decades of the 20th century. Every step they took was news. Together they formed the most popular couple of the moment, after a fleeting courtship that in a few weeks materialized in a marriage full of lights and shadows.

“Madrid, 1979. Ángel Cristo is the best tamer in the world. Bárbara Rey, actress and muse of uncovering, the most desired woman in Spain,” highlights the official synopsis. “From the time they meet until they announce their marriage, only a few weeks go by. It is the wedding of the year and the news covers the covers of all the magazines. The Circus of Bárbara Rey and Ángel Cristo becomes the fashion show; a millionaire business Money, fame, luxury… Nine years of relationship in which Spain witnessed the happiness of the couple: the birth of Angelito and Sofía, the purchase of sports cars, jewelry, an ostentatious villa in La Moraleja… Far from the flashes , however, hides an escalation of drug addiction, gambling, infidelity and abuse… And, in the background, the shadow of Bárbara’s relationship with a powerful statesman”.

“It will be a fantasy. We are doing a very deep investigation, but sweetening what that reality was so that it is appealing”, the actor told us, “the vital moment in which they find themselves when they meet and what happens when they get together. There is an interesting journey there.”

Ángel is a charismatic and overwhelming man. He has the circus in his veins. And facing his beast in each function is what gives him life. A tireless worker, he has managed to become the best tamer in the world.

Bárbara Rey is a desired, media and controversial woman in the 70s and 80s, not only for being an actress and muse of uncovering, but for her airy relationships with important men of culture, politics and sports with whom she has felt used.

When she meets Ángel Cristo, she finds a sincere love. As much as to abandon her career and be able to fulfill her greatest dream: to be a mother. Nine years of marriage in which Spain is witness to her happiness. Far from the flashes, however, she suffers from a hell of mistreatment and abuse.

Cristo y Rey will be the new original series from Atresmedia TV for prime time on Antena 3 and will also be available on ATRESplayer PREMIUM. It is an Atresmedia TV production in collaboration with Good Mood. It is currently still in the casting phase and will begin recording in the coming months.

Source : fotogramas.es

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Atresmedia puts a face to its fictional Ángel Cristo. Jaime Lorente, just out of La Casa de Papel, will give life to the famous tamer in Cristo y Rey, the fiction that Antena 3 prepares based on the relationship he had with Bárbara Rey during the eighties, according to what has been seen by Tele.

This is a new television credit for the actor, who has been chosen to head Daniel Écija’s next project. In the absence of closing the last fringes, Lorente will put herself in the shoes of a character who marked the media agenda of Spanish society during the last decades of the 20th century and who formed, together with the actress and star, a couple that did not cease to be neither one day in the fore.

What’s new about Daniel Écija at Atresmedia
Now, he is leading this new project created by the prolific Daniel Écija for Atresmedia after La Valla y Deudas, the latter premiered on Atresplayer Premium in January. The producer and scriptwriter, currently also behind La Noche D on TVE, will be executive producer along with Montse García de Cristo y Rey. The series, focused on one of the most famous couples in Spanish society at the end of the century, is launched at a time of growing interest around Bárbara Rey, following recent information about her relationship with King Emeritus Juan Carlos I.

David Molina Encinas, regular director of Écija productions, will be the director responsible for the series, which will be broadcast in prime time on Antena 3, in addition to being available on ATRESplayer Premium. The scriptwriting team is made up of Écija himself together with the script coordinator Andrés Martín Soto (Estoy vivo), Patricia Trueba (B&b: de boca en boca, Caronte), César Mendizábal and Ángel Gasco-Coloma.

Regarding other key positions, Salvador Gómez stands out as Director of Production, Ana Sainz-Trápaga and Patricia Álvarez de Miranda as Casting managers. Koldo Vallés, in the art direction, Tommie Ferreras as director of photography and Loles García in costume design. Cristo y Rey is a Good Mood production for Atresmedia.

Synopsis of Cristo y Rey

Madrid, 1979. Ángel Cristo is the best tamer in the world. Bárbara Rey, actress and muse of uncovering, the most desired woman in Spain. From the time they meet until they announce their marriage, only a few weeks pass. It is the wedding of the year and the news is on the covers of all the magazines. The Bárbara Rey and Ángel Cristo Circus becomes the fashion show; a millionaire business.

Money, fame, luxury… Nine years of relationship in which Spain witnessed the happiness of the couple: the birth of Angelito and Sofía, the purchase of sports cars, jewelry, an ostentatious villa in La Moraleja… Far from the flashes, however, there is an escalation of drug addiction, gambling, infidelity and mistreatment… And, in the background, the shadow of Barbara’s relationship with a powerful statesman.

Source : vertele.eldiario.es

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