Rodrigo Santoro showcases Rio hospitality

As I meet Rio star Rodrigo Santoro, it becomes immediately clear this man is a huge superstar in Brazil. Santoro is a well established actor in Hollywood too, but in his home country, he is Brad Pitt huge. As I take my seat alongside the actor, who stars currently in the film Rio, there are hundreds of locals gathered behind us, simply to watch Santoro talk.

Rodrigo Santoro

Rodrigo Santoro plays Tulio in Rio, a bird expert who finds Linda (Leslie Mann) in Minnesota and convinces her to come to Rio with her bird.

Linda’s pet is a blue macaw named Blu and one of the last two on the planet. Luckily for the species, Tulio has the last female on the planet at his facility in Brazil.

As Mann’s Linda comes to Rio, Santoro’s Tulio is equal parts friend and tour guide.

Funny, that’s exactly how we found the actor who plays him. To us, Rodrigo Santoro is an impeccable ambassador of Brazil’s best.

American audiences will recognize the actor from Jim Carrey’s I Love You Phillip Morris, 300Love Actually and, of course, in his American film debut in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.

Santoro speaks to us in our exclusive video interview from the iconic Rio beach, Copacabana. He waxes poetic about what it means to this city and his country to have a huge Hollywood movie starring Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx and hit the country’s shores.

Rodrigo Santoro in Rio

Rodrigo Santoro exclusive video interview