Vote for Efren – Efren Ramirez
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Efren Ramirez talks Crank and keeps us laughing
Efren Ramirez has created a new holy trinity on the back of his guitar. A picture of Kurt Cobain is flanked by snapshots of Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino on the body of the Spanish-style acoustic sitting in the actor’s living room. “Nothing beats DeNiro, Pacino and Cobain,” laughs Efren with a wide grin.
His enthusiasm is infectious, and his Los Angeles home is something of a shrine to all of his influences. He’s got posters of Taxi Driver and Midnight Cowboy and fascinating collections of kaleidoscopes and clocks. “Eclectic” doesn’t even begin to describe him. His fire for art has made him an undeniable screen presence, and audiences will get to see him light up cineplexes once more in Crank: High Voltage this spring
In many ways, Efren pays homage to the ‘70s film renaissance with his devout reverence for character. He stole the show as Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite, fully immersing himself in the role. In the first Crank film, his turn as the kooky gay transvestite Kaylo proved hilarious yet haunting. Even though Kaylo bit the dust in the first Crank, Efren has returned as Kaylo’s vengeful (and straight) twin brother Venus for the sequel. It was another role that Efren instantly took to.
“I fell in love with Crank because it’s so different, and it has such wonderful characters,” he says sitting at his kitchen table. “You have to take intelligent risks. When I did Napoleon Dynamite, it was something that I’d never done before.It was the same thing with Crank. When they asked me to play my own twin brother for Crank 2, I was like, ‘Are you [expletive] kidding me?’ [Laughs]. I had to develop a big difference between one twin and the other. I wanted to study Kung Fu and weapons and get a trainer for the new part. I jumped onto this ride and held on for dear life!”
– Rick Florino