A Dominican Wrestling Hero Gets a Biopic to Match His Star Power

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A report by Sandra E. García for the New York Times.

American wrestling has Hulk Hogan, André the Giant, Ric Flair and many other stars. Dominican wrestling has Jack Veneno.

A star wrestler in the Dominican Republic in the 1970s and ’80s (his ring name, Veneno, means “poison” in Spanish), he electrified fans and went toe to toe with the government. Representing the golden era of wrestling there, he managed to make the country fall in love with the sport, whether fans were rooting for the good guy or the bad guy. Now he’s the subject of a project that one Dominican critic has hailed as a major leap for the country’s film industry.

Veneno: La Primera Caída: El Relámpago de Jack” (“Veneno: The First Fall: Jack’s Lightning”), focusing on his rise in the ring, is the opening film in a planned trilogy documenting the life of…

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