Choosen by Empire Magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in the world (#65) 2007.
Was ranked #7 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008).
Played Ernesto 'Che' Guevara twice: in Fidel (2002) (TV) and in Diarios de motocicleta (2004).
Was named one of "People en Español"'s 25 Most Beautiful 2002 (June 2002 Issue)
Was officially in the BAFTA longlist (Equivalently, the semi-finals) for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, for his role in Babel (2006), which consisted of 15 finalists for each category (except Animated Film). However, he was eliminated in the next round, which the five official nominees were selected. (2007).
Speaks French, Italian, Spanish and some Portuguese.
His favorite actresses are Emily Watson and Juliette Binoche.
His favorite actor is Javier Bardem and would love to work with him in the future.
Close friends with Argentinian actress Dolores Fonzi
As he is Mexican born, he had to be able to do a convincing Spanish accent before Pedro Almodóvar would allow him to get his role(s) in the movie Mala educación, La (2004).
Invited to join AMPAS in 2005.
He said his idols are Klaus Kinski, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Marcello Mastroianni.
At 17, traveled to Europe and, in 1999, studied dramatic art at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England for three years. He was the first Mexican to be accepted at this prestigious school.