Posted at 3:04 PM on May 11, 2006
by Euan Kerr
A lot of people wander through the MPR studios for interviews, to the point where it's no big deal bumping into famous folks in the corridor. I once walked into the restroom here to discover former hostage Terry Waits inside. I remember being impressed that he didn't turn round when I walked in, which I know I would have done if I'd been kidnapped and imprisoned for years on end.
Every once in a while though, a ripple of excitement bounces round the building. Today was such a day as actor/director Andy Garcia came in to talk about his new movie "The Lost City."
As we walked back to the recording studio it was clear we were being tracked by many eyes. Even when we got to the studio, which is tucked away at the end of a corridor, shadows kept crossing the door. It was all very interesting to see the star attraction at work.
That being said we had a great chat, about Garcia's early childhood in Cuba, and how his parents decided they had to leave when they heard him as a 5 year old singing the Internationale in their front yard. We also talked about the challenges of making a film, even as an Oscar nominated international film star.
It took him 16 years to make "The Lost City" in part because the studio which originally helped him develop the script had a change of management. The new guys wanted Garcia to dump the original screenplay written by Cuban exile writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante. Garcia refused, even though the script was 350 pages long. He did eventually trim it back himself.
Look for the interview to air late next week, when "The Lost City" opens locally.