This past weekend, Mexican actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna co-starred alongside comedian Will Ferrell in his subtitled, todo en espanol, satirical latest: Casa De Mi Padre, (Spanish for My Father’s House).
A rip on telenovelas -- a “soap opera” staple of Spanish language television -- the love triangles, backstabbing family members and overacting provides plenty of material for parody.
And, like a handful of Latin American actors who have successfully crossed over into the U.S. mainstream (i.e. Sofia Vergara, Salma Hayek, and Penelope Cruz to name a few) -- Bernal and Luna are no strangers to cinema.
Real-life childhood friends, Bernal and Luna are most recognized for their steamy roles in the critically acclaimed coming-of-age film Y Tu Mama Tambien, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002.
Individually, Luna has appeared to U.S. audiences in films, The Terminal, Frida and Milk, and, most recently, the villain in Contraband with Mark Walberg.
Bernal has appeared in Amores Perros, portrayed a young Che Guevara in The Motorcycle Diaries, Bad Education and The Science of Sleep.
For Bernal, "The collective experience of watching a great film together in a room is a transcendent moment that will never die. Canana and Ambulante are a way to give back but also honestly, to take, because we get so much out of it. I know I do."
Given their acting range and upcoming release, let’s take a look back at their careers: