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Aragao banking on 42nd film to jump-start career

RIO DE JANEIRO — Vet comedian Renato Aragao, known as the Brazilian Chaplin, is hoping his latest pic “Didi, O Cupido Trapalhao” (Didi, The Goofy Cupid — his 42nd film — will revive his big-screen fortunes. “Cupid” is an attempt to introduce one of the most important figures in the history of Brazilian cinema to a new generation.

Since the early 1970s, Aragao’s pics have sold an accumulated total of about 120 million tickets. However, his last film bombed: “O Anjo Trapalhao (The Goofy Angel), released last year, sold just 150,000 tickets.

Diler & Asociados, producers of the popular kids shows starring Xuxa, produced the $2.1 million pic, which was directed by Renato Aragao’s son Paulo Aragao Neto. Columbia TriStar is distributing. Pic opens June 27 on 250 screens, a large release for a local production.

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