Lima Duarte made history in his first job as an actor in soap operas at Globo. In 1973, the actor played the repentant killer Zeca Diabo from O Bem-Amado after splicing successful roles on TV Tupi. However, in addition to calling attention to the bad character of Dias Gomes (1922-1999), the interpreter decided what his character’s costume would be.
“I went to a dyer at Estação da Luz, in São Paulo, where I got a dark suit. Then, I went to a friend’s barbecue in Sorocaba and one of the guests had a hat. I thought it would be a good hat for the character, a killer who doesn’t kill, “recalled Lima, in an interview sent to the press by Globo.
The character’s picturesque style was so successful that, almost 50 years after the first exhibition of the novel, the audience still remembers the role of Lima Duarte: “It was the first novel I did on TV Globo and, thanks to Zeca Diabo, I didn’t leave more of it nor of the Brazilian imagination “, said the actor.
From this Monday (15), the public will be able to follow the plot of Dias Gomes again. The booklet will enter Globoplay as part of the project to rescue the station’s dramaturgy classics.
In the story, politician Odorico Paraguaçu (Paulo Gracindo) wins the election in the city of Sucupira with the slogan “Vote for a serious man and win a cemetery”. However, no one dies in the municipality and the work takes time to open.
The corrupt then decides to hire hired killer Zeca Diabo to do the dirty work, but the character is willing to forget his past as a murderer to redeem himself for the crimes he committed.
“Dias Gomes was a profound and intelligent critic. The novel had wonderful characters, deep types, very well composed, and the people fell in love”, concluded the veteran.
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