Armendariz grew up in El Paso, Texas near the U.S.-Mexican border. When he was young, he became fascinated with luchador wrestling and had dreams of competing at the highest levels.
Once he entered the wrestling world, the gay Armendariz came up with the flamboyant and effeminate persona Cassandro, the "Liberace of Lucha Libre," and he took the machismo-driven world of wrestling by surprise, becoming one of the most popular Mexican wrestlers and the first foreign-born wrestler to win a world title. Not only did he upend the wrestling world, but his life as well.
\u201cGael Garc\u00eda Bernal and Ra\u00fal Castillo star in CASSANDRO, premiering at #Sundance 2023.\n\nSa\u00fal, a gay amateur wrestler from El Paso, rises to international stardom after he creates the character Cassandro. In the process, he upends the macho wrestling world, and also his own life.\u201d
One of his breakout roles was in 2001's Y tu mama tambien, where he played a young man on a road trip with his best friend and an older woman. That movie famously features a threesome between Bernal's character and those played by Diego Luna and Maribel Verdu.
Then, in 2004's Bad Education, he played a trans character named Angel Andrade. Now, he returns to the type of role that initially made him famous.
Cassandro is written and directed by Roger Ross Williams, a documentary filmmaker known for the movies Life, Animated and God Loves Uganda. He's been nominated for two Oscars, one for Life, Animated, and the other, which he won, for his documentary short Music by Prudence.
In addition to Garcia Bernal, the movie also stars A League of Their Own's Roberta Colindrez, Looking's Raul Castillo, Perla De La Rosa, and Joaquin Cosio.