Twisted - Andy Garcia Interview

23 June 2004

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ANDY GARCIA (Mike Delmarco) has established himself as one of today’s most talented and versatile actors. Because he has worked so successfully with many of the industry’s most respected and celebrated directors, he has become known as a “director’s actor.” He has also established himself as a producer, composer/musician and humanitarian – and as a director in his own right.

One of Garcia’s most memorable experiences was working with Francis Ford Coppola on “The Godfather: Part III.” “I went into the movie as an actor,” Garcia says, “and left a filmmaker.” Garcia

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received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his role in the Best Supporting Actor category. He formed his own production company, CineSon Productions, in 1991.

Garcia’s most recent film credits include Lions Gate Films’ “Confidence” and Warner Bros.’ “Ocean’s Eleven.” He is currently in production on the independent feature “The Lazarus Child,” starring with Angela Bassett and Frances O’Connor, and he has completed production on “Modigliani,” another independent in which he portrays Amedeo Modigliani in the last days of his life. Garcia starred in the independent films “The Unsaid” and “The Man From Elysian Fields” (released by IDP), both of which he also produced. He is currently developing his directorial debut “The Lost City,” which was written by Guillermo Cabrera Infante.

Garcia received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for his starring role as the legendary Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval in HBO’s 2000 biopic “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story.” Garcia was executive producer of the film and also produced the soundtrack and the Emmy-winning score. The film has also received Emmy nominations for Best Made for Television Film or Miniseries and Best Cinematography. The film also won two ALMA Awards as Best Made for Television Movie or Miniseries and as Outstanding Latin Cast in a Made for Television Movie or Miniseries, and was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Made for Television Movie or Miniseries category.

Under the CineSon banner, Garcia made his directorial debut with “Cachao...Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos” (“Like His Rhythm There Is No Other”), a feature-length documentary concert film about the co-creator of the Mambo, Israel Lopez “Cachao.” He also served as co-producer.

Garcia subsequently produced and performed on Volumes I and II of “Cachao – Master Sessions” (Crescent Moon/Sony), the former a 1994 Grammy Award winner and the latter a 1995 Grammy Award nominee. “Cachao – Cuba Linda” (EMI Latin) was the duo’s third installment for Garcia’s CineSon record label, and was nominated for a 2001 Grammy Award and 2000 Latin Grammy Award. The pair has again re-teamed to record the currently untitled fourth installment (Univision) of Cachao’s master sessions, again under the CineSon label. Garcia also composed four songs for the “Disappearance of Garcia Lorca” soundtrack and produced, wrote and performed several songs on the “Just the Ticket” soundtrack.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Garcia’s family fled in exile to Miami Beach, Florida as a result of Fidel Castro’s takeover of his homeland at the age of five. As a youth, he performed in community theatre productions and variety shows. Garcia attended Florida International University as a theater major. He performed in regional theater productions in the Miami area before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a film career in the late 1970s.

Garcia has been married to Marivi Lorido Garcia since 1982. The couple lives in Los Angeles with their four children: Dominik, Daniella, Alessandra and Andres.

In addition to numerous other awards, Garcia has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Star of the Year Award from the National Association of Theater Owners, a PRISM Award, a Harvard University Foundation Award and a Hispanic Heritage Award for the Arts. He is also the recipient of an Oscar de la Hoya Foundation Champion Award, a Father’s Day Council Father of the Year Award and an honorary doctorate of fine arts degree from St. John’s University.

Distributor: UIP
Running Time: 97mins
Release Date: 9th July
Certificate: 15

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