Jack Black is a funny man, but not in Nacho Libre. That must’ve been very demanding of him. Whenever he appears on the screen, the audience automatically begins to smile as soon as they see him. It takes some work to make a non-comedy movie, but this does it.
The plot of the movie looks fine in theory and looks good on paper. Jack is seen as Brother Ignacio, a monk who resides in the black water of Mexico. He cooks for orphans and is like the beautiful sister Encarnacion, played by Ana de la Reguera.
He wants to be popular and make a lot of money to cook more and more good food for the orphans, so he starts a secret career as a masked wrestler.
It is believed that the movie was entirely shot in Oaxaca, Mexico. Many of the exterior shots were filmed in Oaxaca, but the interiors of the movie were filmed in Universal Studio backlot.
The main plot of the movie takes place in the Municipality of Villa de Etla, especially in the Sanctuary of Las Pentias in the outer region of Etla, with a few night scenes shot in Oaxaca Centro.
Where was the filming done?
The production of Nacho Libre happened in Mexico and other few places surrounding it.
The majority of the production happened In Oaxaca, Mexico. The field trip scenes were shot at the end of the movie at Monte Alban’s archaeological site in Oaxaca, Mexico. Most of the locations in the movie were simple, such as.
Sanctuary of Las Pentias
The Nacho Libre Church, or The Sanctuary of Las Pentias, is often said to be a stand on a rocky hill that is looking out for the region of Etla.
Natives of the place believe that good took rest thereafter, they created the earth. Leaving an impression of a knee and footprint on a boulder, which is seen as one enters the foothill.
Mercado Municipal de Villa de Etla
The exterior of the Mercado Municipal de Villa, known as Mercado Municipal Porfirio Díaz, served as the stage for some crucial spots in the movie.
Exterior Locations of Oaxaca Centro
The fighting arena that we saw in the movie Arena Oaxaca doesn’t exist in reality. It’s a massive public parking space that hosts lucha libre tournaments.
Tempo de San Agustin
For a few seconds in a scene, you can spot the fortified walls of Tempo de San Agustin, a small walk South of El Zocalo. The north portion of the church was used in the scene.
The House of Senior Ramon and La Fuente De La Lagrima
Sadly, this home has been broken to make a Starbucks café, so nothing of the former governor’s home is there. But the water fountain is present and is a nostalgic reminder of the past.
The house behind Fuente de la Lagrima is still present and has the same wooden door that was seen in the movie.
Acueducto de Oaxaca and Calle de Nacho
Just a stroll from Santo Domingo in Plaza Cruz de Piedra, you’ll see the remaining of the ancient aqueduct that flows from Barrio de Xochimilco.
Sona Arqueologica de Monte Alban
The ending scene of the movie was shot in the ancient, beautiful city of Monte Alban, which is a must-visit spot.
As mentioned above, most of the exterior scenes were shot in Universal Studios Hollywood, especially in Mexican Street.
Is the movie based on a true story?
Yes, Nacho Libre is based on a true story, but not completely. It got its inspiration from Sergio Gutierrez Benitez, a.k.a. Fray Tormenta, who was born in 1945. He had a troubled teenage life and battled addiction.
He swore to always help the one in need after an addict died in his arms. To help the people, he opened an orphanage. Later, he became a priest in the Diocese of Texcoco, outside the city of Mexico.