Jimenez came into Nacho Libre with little experience acting in films. I had two Mexican films before this one, but Im a stage actor. I have 13 years acting [on stage]. Jimenez added, I never expected this one, of course. Im dreaming with this but when I got it, I just took my chance.
Immediately after completing high school, Jimenez knew acting was what he wanted to do with his life. In Tijuana in got into a theater company - a stage company - and I worked for eight years there. Then I moved to Mexico City and I worked with a Swiss company a clown theater. And then I started to work on films.
Life on the Set of Nacho Libre: Jimenez said Jack Black didnt stay in character and contrary to what you might believe, Black also didnt spend his off-time just joking around. Jimenez says Black was very professional yet they had a great time filming Nacho Libre. Every day we enjoyed it a lot. I think the whole crew enjoyed working in this film. On my first day when I saw the whole crew laughing and everything, I relaxed a lot because I saw they enjoyed it so we had a really good time every day.
Hector Jimenez Wresting Style: Jimenez is very nimble and so hes able to twist and turn his opponent whatever way is called for in the script. Jimenez describes his specialty: I don't know how they call it here in English, but its a really weird [punch.] Its like a weird tool where the wrestlers on his back on the ring, and I get on top of him with my arms behind me.
He didnt come into the project with a background in wrestling. When I was a kid, I went to see a lot of luchas, explained Jimenez, but I never wrestled before. Jimenez lack of experience didnt matter as he was put through extensive training before filming began. We have a teacher from the Canadian establishment. They teach all of the choreographies to us.
Jimenez also spent time getting himself into the right shape to look good in the ring. I have another kind of training like sometimes Im running, I take some karate classes and I usually take dance classes also so thats why I can make some moves. But we trained for two weeks all the choreographies.
On His Wrestling Wear: Jimenez revealed he has a cool costume in Nacho Libre. Yeah. At the beginning I feel naked, but at the end I love my costume. Its a small shirt, baby blue with a pair of boots, red ones, and thats all.
On Jack Black as a Tag Team Partner: Hes great. Hes awesome. When I saw him wrestling for the first time, he surprised me a lot because he had all the movements like a wrestler.
In the film, Jimenez character helps Jack Black train to become a wrestler. Yeah, our training is really silly but then I really got the movements in the film. In the beginning, we dont know how to wrestle for real and we improve in the film.
Working with Napoleon Dynamite Writer/Director Jared Hess on Nacho Libre: I love that film. Its awesome. I think Jared Hess is a genius because when he made that film, he was I don't know, maybe 23-24 years. Now he has 26 and this is a great film. I think we can expect more from him because he is really talented.
Jimenez continued. Hess taught me a lot because we have a really good relationship. I understand his humor and when I saw the film, Napoleon Dynamite, I was already shooting. And I know [my sense of humor is the same as] his humor and that kind of humor that he likes. I think thats why they choose me.