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Miami actor enjoys ‘Furious’ moment

Miami actor Jorge Ferragut can’t say too much about his latest role — but he can say a little. He’s got a small role as a priest in Furious 7, which opened Friday, and he shot his big scene with Vin Diesel.

“It’s going to tie up some things for fans of the franchise,” says the Cuban American actor, who graduated from Florida International University with a business degree and worked in advertising and technology, including a brief stint at the Miami Herald, before settling on acting. “It’s a poignant moment in Vin’s character’s life. But Universal has me bound and gagged, it’s a surprise scene.”

Ferragut got his start shooting commercials and made his network TV debut in the ABC reboot of Charlie’s Angels, which was shot in Miami. He has appeared on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, working with Steve Buscemi and Oscar winner Patricia Arquette.

He says being bilingual has helped him land jobs, including a callback after shooting on Boardwalk Empire to help coach Arquette in mastering a Cuban dialect.

“She memorized a five-page scene in Spanish, and she doesn’t even speak Spanish,” he says. “It was amazing.”

As for working with Diesel? Ferragut says he enjoyed it.

“I always told myself I don’t get starstruck, but when he walked in I thought to myself, ‘This is pretty cool, man!’ ” he says, laughing. “He introduced himself, which was really nice because not everybody does that. But we chatted and made small talk. He’s all about brawn and toughness, but he’s a very smart guy. You can see why he’s become famous.”

Connie Ogle

Lea Black, author

While The Real Housewives of Miami may have have been a bust, ex cast member Lea Black has moved well past the Bravo show, parlaying her real life experience as a fundraiser to the next level — as an author.

An invitation to an exclusive Miami party of laugh out loud prose, society snark and scintillating, sudsy drama, Black’s Red Carpet & White Lies is a black tie optional tripping of the night fantastic. Black will sign copies of her the book at 6:30 p.m. April 21 at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables and May 2 at the Bal Harbour Shops store, 9700 Collins Ave.

Lesley Abravanel

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