The Jack Black film Nacho Libre is loosely based on the life of Fray Tormenta (Father Storm), a Mexican priest who supported his orphanage as a lucha libre wrestler for 23 years. He still wears his mask during his priestly duties.

Nacho Libre

Nacho Libre is a 2006 sports comedy-drama film directed by Jared Hess and written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and Mike White. It stars Jack Black as Ignacio, a Catholic monk and lucha libre fan who secretly moonlights as a luchador to earn money for the orphanage where he works by day as a cook, knowing his fellow monks would look down upon his career and expel him if they discover it. He finds his ascetic, celibate lifestyle challenged even further when he falls in love with a nun who has just arrived to live in the monastery. The film is loosely based on the story of Fray Tormenta (“Friar Storm”, a.k.a. Rev. Sergio Gutiérrez Benítez), a real-life Mexican Catholic priest who had a 23-year career as a masked luchador and competed in order to … Continue Reading (7 minute read)

8 thoughts on “The Jack Black film Nacho Libre is loosely based on the life of Fray Tormenta (Father Storm), a Mexican priest who supported his orphanage as a lucha libre wrestler for 23 years. He still wears his mask during his priestly duties.”

  1. etoiles-du-nord

    Get that corn out of my face!!

    Fun fact: The kid who played young Nacho is the same actor who plays Barry Goldberg on “The Goldbergs.”

  2. mausii

    One of the most slept on Jack Black films imo

  3. FreudianAccordian

    It’s time he got a better duty

  4. mojo276

    I really love this movie. In a really weird way it’s perfect. It establishes this really surreal tone from the beginning that it carries out all through the end with a plot that is really oddly engaging.

  5. treanatious

    Nacho libre is still fricking awesome. I’ve already watched it like 20 times by now

  6. Maskedcrusader94

    Maybe he was not made for his usual duties. Cooking duty, dead guy…duty. Maybe it was time for him to get a better duty!

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