The Jungle Movie Birthplace: London, England, UK. Educated at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he began his career as one half of a street-corner comedy team but then turned to acting. While most thesps start at the bottom and ascend the ladder, Molina is an anomaly: he began at the top of the heap, first earning professional credibility and his pedigree as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and debuting cinematically in no less than Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark , as the devious South American guide who leaves Harrison Ford for dead in an ancient temple before meeting his own end, courtesy of a particularly nasty booby trap.
His contribution to Chris Bernard's gently underplayed, low-budget comedy Brezhnev which, like Raiders, takes advantage of his slightly dark, Mediterranean complexion is particularly a standout. He plays a Russian sailor who picks up Margi Clarke's Liverpool blue-collar worker Teresa King during leave, and whose only comprehensible line gives the film its biggest laugh: "Leeverpool.
But Molina's most impressive contribution to cinema came in , when he joined two fellow Brits, director Stephen Frears and actor Gary Oldman - and turned everyone's head in the process - in Prick Up Your Ears. That film, adapted from eccentric playwright Joe Orton's autobiography, casts Molina as Kenneth Halliwell, Orton's homosexual lover and eventual murderer, opposite Oldman. Practically unrecognizable as the bald, severely unhinged Halliwell, Molina is at once terrifying and pathetic, and gleaned a number of positive notices for his performance, though, for some odd reason, it was criminally overlooked at awards ceremonies and failed to earn Molina any acting laurels.
In this true-life account adapted from Betty Mahmoody's memoir , he plays Moody, a Persian husband who takes his American wife Sally Field and daughter to Iran under the guise of "vacation," and virtually imprisons them, forcing her to plot escape. The role and film gleaned some controversy for its portrayal of Islam, but the bearded Molina glistened with dark, brooding intensity characteristic of the actor's finest work. Molina offered more sympathetic portrayals in such films as Mike Newell's Enchanted April , Species , and Mira Nair's The Perez Family , as a Cuban immigrant struggling to make a new life for himself in Miami.
In Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights, Molina evoked a deranged playboy precariously teetering on the edge of insanity - a role that further evinced boundless courage.
Far more impressive albeit smaller in scope was the actor's sophomore collaboration with Anderson, that year's Magnolia, in a fleeting role as Solomon Solomon, the owner of the electronics shop where William H. Macy's Donnie Smith works. During and thereafter, Molina attempted to break into television sitcoms 's Ladies Man, 's Bram and Alice , but none of these efforts panned out. He continued to garner positive notices during this period, however, for his roles in such films as 's Chocolat and 's Frida.
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