Omar Chaparro is portraying a Mexican icon…
The 45-year-old Mexican actor/comedian is starring as Mexican singing star and movie idol Pedro Infante in Netflix’s Como Caído del Cielo.
In the new film, which is being called a “comedic telenovela with a magic realist twist,” Infante takes over the body of one of his modern-day impersonators.
In a plot that recalls Heaven Can Wait, the 1978 hit film starring Warren Beatty, Como Caído del Cieloopens with Infante stuck in purgatory: although his voice and image were beloved by fans in Mexico and around the world, and remain so to this day, in the movie his deplorable machista behavior on earth has kept him from going to heaven. But when a Pedro Infante imitator named Pedro Guadalupe Ramos dies, the real Infante has a chance to come back to life in his body, and try and earn a place among the angels by showing respect for women, particularly Ramos’ wife. Not surprisingly, Ramos himself had been unfaithful.
Love songs sung by Infante-Ramos (Chaparro) throughout the movie are the key to romance, and a final resting place for Infante’s soul.
A soundtrack, with Chaparro singing Infante classics and “De Que Me Sirve El Cielo,” an original composition that’s the movie’s theme song, will be released at the same time on JN Records.
The album was produced by Jorge Avendaño, who also co-wrote that song, and is known for writing themes for telenovelas and working with artists including Ricardo Montaner and Mexican singer and actress Edith Marquez.
Chaparro, best known as a comedic actor, has recorded two previous albums.
The film, the first original production from Netflix Latin America, debuts on Christmas Eve.