For years, Salma Hayek and Miramax Films had discussed producing a biopic about the tempestuous life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. In 1998, Hayek finally visited Dolores Olmedo Patino (Diego Rivera's model, lover, and patron before he fell in love with Kahlo) at her estate to request permission to film Kahlo's art. Olmedo leveled a stare at her. "For how long do you want the rights?" she asked. Hayek said she would need them for just two years. "You're being stupid," Olmedo replied. Why? "She told me," Hayek recalled, "to ask for five years!"
["You never know what's going to happen," Olmedo advised; sure enough, more than three years passed before the film, "Frida," was released. ]