Last month, Monika brought you the announcement of Rose McGowan's upcoming film, Black Oasis. When I saw the title, I was thinking maybe this would be some kind of strange biopic with Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock singing "Wonderwall," but alas, I was mistaken. Black Oasis tells the story of B-movie queen Susan Cabot. Cabot was bludgeoned to death by her own son -- who suffered from dwarfism. Sounds intriguing to say the least, and call me crazy but I find that Rose McGowan rather attractive! The movie will be written and directed by Stephan Elliott, who also did the cult cross-dressing flick Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. And speaking of cross-dressing, Oasis has just addedRodrigo Santoro, who certainly appeared to be rocking some sort of drag look during his scenes in 300.
I recall seeing Love, Actually in the theater and hating Santoro. Not because of his performance, but because when he took his shirt off, every woman in the audience gasped and squealed. I actually assumed he'd be a much bigger star by now. Known as the "Brazilian Tom Cruise," Santoro was #12 on People Magazine's 2006 "Sexiest Men Alive" issue -- beating me out by just two spots. He was in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, he played the universally hated Paulo on Lost (where the hell did he come from, by the way?), the absolutely ridiculous character Xerxes in 300 (please don't hate me, commenters!), and he hasn't really been in much else here in America. His role in Black Oasis sounds like it will be the one that decides whether or not he's got the talent to back up the looks.