"The Moulin Rouge" star was born in Colombia, and felt he was made for the part. So when producers turned him down multiple times, Leguizamo went out and bought himself $15,000 worth of prosthetics and a fat suit so he'd look just like the hefty Escobar.
Leguizamo's anonymous audition tape finally caught the attention of Relativity Media execs who asked about the Escobar doppleganger. He got the part soon after.
The lesson here?
"Give it all u got every time!" Leguizamo tweeted Monday.
The actor had previously tweeted about his transformation, showing off before and after Vine's and photos of himself in the makeup chair.
Here he is as Escobar: