Marc Anthony and wife Jennifer Lopez are set to appear in an upcoming movie - based on a true story - for the first time together. Lopez says she felt "compelled" to make her new movie - the upcoming biopic "El Cantante" - and put forth all her passion into the role. The singer-and-actress decided to make the film - which depicts the life of Hector Lavoe, the man who is credited with bringing salsa to the U.S. - after his widow begged her to take on the role. Lopez revealed to People magazine, "Once I read the script, I knew there was something about their life (sic), the relationship they had, that was compelling to watch." Hector - who committed suicide in 1993 by jumping off a building following a long running battle with drug addiction - is played by Anthony. The scrawny-looking actor says he was determined to put his heart and soul into the role so people would get to know the real Hector Lavoe. He explained, "Hector painted this clear picture of what you could be if you put your mind to it, but how painful a life you could live if you made the wrong choices. I got tired of people saying, 'Oh Hector Lavoe, he's the guy who jumped and the drug addict.'" He added, "I was focusing on making it as personal as possible. What did he go through that day? What pushed him over the edge? What made him make some of those destructive decisions?" "El Cantante" - which marks the couple's first on screen appearance together - is set to be released later this year.