This is how Carlos Iglesias has changed since ‘Tonight we crossed the Mississippi’

This week the actor Carlos Iglesias has had an impact on social networks for his defense of animal rights and against bullfighting. “I know that with this reflection I am going to create many enemies, not at all convenient, on the other hand, for someone who has a profession like mine… but I can’t take it anymore, I have to shout it out,” the interpreter wrote in a post on Twitter. Iglesias has charged against popular celebrations in which he mistreats bulls and heifers. “Years ago I had a terrible time watching over and over again the popular festivals that revolve around the figure of the bull in our country,” the actor posted on Twitter.

Also, Carlos Iglesias has wondered if “it is really necessary that a country with our inventiveness and ingenuity have to have fun at the expense of the suffering of a living being”. In addition, the actor has just released Father there is only one 3, the film directed by and starring Santiago Segura in which Iglesias acts. Therefore, it is a perfect time to review his professional career that began in the late 70s.

Carlos Iglesias at the photocall for ‘A todo tren’

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Madrid-born Carlos Iglesias Serrano was born in 1955 and spent his early years in Toledo, but when he was little he moved with his family to Switzerland. The actor remained there until he was 13 years old, until his family decided to return to Spain and settle in Madrid. On his return, a friend asked him to substitute for him in a theater group and thus the acting bug began to bite him. Moreover, in the end the actor decided to delve into and study this artistic field.


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Iglesias participated in several plays in the late 1970s, but it was not until 1985 that he made his television debut as an actor. Carlos Iglesias’ first role was in a ‘biopic’ of the painter Goya. After his debut they also came Yupi’s worlds Y The forging of a rebelamong other jobs.

Actor Carlos Iglesias and wife actress Eloisa Vargas at photocall for premiere film

Carlos Iglesias with Florentino Fernández ‘Flo’ in ‘Tonight we crossed the Mississippi’

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However, it was on the late night show Tonight we cross the Mississippi, presented by Pepe Navarro where the actor was very popular. In this program, Carlos Iglesias brought Pepelu to life, a parody that became especially famous and for which Iglesias is still remembered. Thanks to this popularity, at the end of the nineties the actor also worked in This is my neighborhood or in the miniseries Blasco Ibáñez, the novel of his life.


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In 1998, he took the next big step in his acting career thanks to the series Let’s do it, next to the deceased Ángel de Andrés. In this fiction with a costumbrista air, Iglesias gave life to the unforgettable Benito and, together with Manolo, starred in some of the most comical stories related to the world of the play. Since then, the actor has also appeared in historical series on the Spanish television grid such as 7 lives either Tell me how it happened.

Actor Carlos Iglesias attending photocall of the 25th annual Jose Maria Forque Awards in Madrid on Saturday 11nd January, 2020.

Carlos Iglesias at the Forqué awards in 2020

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At the beginning of the new century, in 2006 specifically, Carlos Iglesias made the leap to directing with the popular film One franc, 14 pesetas. This feature film recounts, in an almost autobiographical way, the exile of the thousands of Spaniards who, during the Franco dictatorship, went to central Europe in search of work, while leaving their families in the city of origin with the promise of sending part of the money .


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With One franc, 14 pesetas, Carlos Iglesias won over the public and, among other awards, won the audience award for best new screenwriter and the award for best photography at the Malaga Spanish Film Festival. In addition, it was also awarded as best film and best director during Directors’ Week at the Fantasporto festival. Moreover, such was the success that in 2014 the film had its second part: 2 Francs, 40 pesetas. Also directed by Iglesias.

Actor Carlos Iglesias and wife actress Eloisa Vargas at photocall for premiere film

Carlos Iglesias and his wife, actress Eloísa Vargas, at the photocall for the premiere of ‘Abuelos’ in 2019

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As for his personal life, the actor is married to fellow actress Eloísa Vargas, with whom he has been in a relationship for more than three decades. Together they have had two children, who are close to thirty, and together they have also carried out important projects for the big screen. Eloísa Vargas has also been part of the cast of One franc, 14 pesetas and its sequel, and together they have worked on projects such as Ispansi (Spanish), Manolo & Benito Corporeision either the bridal suitea feature film directed by Carlos Iglesias with which they achieved more than a dozen nominations for the Goya Awards.

This is how Carlos Iglesias has changed since ‘Tonight we crossed the Mississippi’