May 2, 2003

Driven by Passion

Chasing Papi: Insane passions, mistaken identity and hidden strength

Three women think they have found the perfect man.

For New York heiress Patricia (Jaci Velasquez), he’s a wild adventurer who offers her freedom from her mother’s cloying ambitions. For Lorena (Roselyn Sanchez) in Chicago, he’s every bit as idealistic as she is, a lover of poetry and a man who recognizes the spark of passion beneath the buttoned-down lawyer’s lapels. And for Miami’s fiery Cici (Sofia Vergara), he’s the only man whose flames burn as bright as her own.

Driven by passion – and the exhortations of famed astrologer Walter Mercado, whose televised horoscope readings seem tailor-made for each woman – Cici, Lorena and Patricia separately fly to Los Angeles to surprise ‘Papi Chulo,’ two by plane, and one, Cici, in a car she is supposed to deliver for a friend. The three women converge on one LA home where they are shocked to discover their three perfect men are really just one…

Beauty pageant coordinator Costas Delgado (Paul Rodriguez) believes buttoned-down lawyer Lorena (Roselyn Sanchez, right) to be “Miss Puerto Rico,” as Cici (Sofia Vergara) and Patricia (Jaci Velasquez) play along. Photo credit: Peter Iovino

Tomas Fuentes (Eduardo Verastegui) is an advertising executive at the top of his game. Handsome, sophisticated and witty, Tomas’s equal passion for three dynamic, beautiful women has landed him in trouble – big trouble. Prescribed a tranquilizer for his nerves, Tomas heads home from the office, unaware that his worst fears are about to come true.

As if the collision of three lovestruck and angry women and one shocked man isn’t enough, fate has a few more cards up her sleeve. Tomas passes out from shock (and a tranquilizer/scotch cocktail); Cici’s car is hot; the FBI is on their tail; and Patricia’s Louis Vuitton bag carries a lot more than toys for her beloved dog Fifi.

Between beauty pageants, vicious gangsters and a crowded Latin dance festival, the three women embark on a journey of friendship, resourcefulness and self-discovery as they wait for Tomas to wake up and choose one of them.

Though all three think Tomas is the prize, their true reward turns out to be a lot more than any of them ever expected.

Fox 2000 Pictures presents A Spirit Dance Entertainment Production, Chasing Papi, a comedy about insane passions, mistaken identity and hidden strength.

Featuring some of today’s hottest and most acclaimed Hispanic artists and filmmakers, Chasing Papi is produced by Forest Whitaker (Hope Floats), Tracey Trench and Laura Angélica Simón. Acclaimed television and comedy director Linda Mendoza makes her feature film directorial debut from a screenplay by Laura Angélica Simón & Steven Antin and Alison Balian & Elizabeth Sarnoff from a story by Laura Angélica Simón & Steven Antin. Tajamika Paxton is the executive producer.

The film stars Roselyn Sanchez (Rush Hour 2), Sofia Vergara (Big Trouble), award-winning, multi-platinum musical artist Jaci Velasquez, and Eduardo Verastegui. Chasing Papi co-stars comedians D.L. Hughley (The Hughleys) and Emmy-nominated Freddy Rodriguez (Six Feet Under) as gangster thugs Rodrigo and Victor; Latin pop sensation Joy Enriquez as Mary, Tomas’s lovesick assistant; and Lisa Vidal (The Division) as Carmen, the enigmatic FBI agent on the three women’s trail.

Chasing Papi also features, in cameo roles, world renowned astrologer Walter Mercado, Maria Conchita Alonzo, Carlos Ponce, Sheila E and Paul Rodriquez.

The creative behind-the-scenes team is led by director of photography Xavier Pérez Grobet (Before Night Falls), production designer Candi Guterres (The Brothers Garcia), costume designer Salvador Perez (Drumline), editor Maysie Hoy A.C.E. (Crazy in Alabama), music supervisor Frankie Pine (Traffic) and composer Emilio Estefan, Jr., a multiple Grammy winner.

Chasing Papi is the first major studio comedy to reflect the Hispanic cultural experience in America, targeted to the fastest growing moviegoing demographic nationwide. It is a big, glossy Hollywood movie that reflects their lives, culture and humor.

Chasing Papi is in a theatre near you!!!!

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