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MSPIFF: Carlos Cuaron gets brutally honest

Posted at 5:57 PM on April 24, 2009 by Euan Kerr

Carlos Cuaron admits he didn't watch "Rudo y Cursi" with the audience at MSPIFF last night. He says he can't watch the film any more.

"I see all the flaws," he told me. "Only I see them, but I can't watch."

He says the film was originally meant to be about a soccer star who mysteriously disappears at the height of his fame. He talked with Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, who he had worked with on "Y Tu Mama Tambien," (Cuaron wrote the script, and his brother Alphonso directed,) and both were interested in the idea.

He couldn't figure out how to write the script until he came up with the idea of revisiting the age old story of brothers in conflict. He came up with the explosive Rudo, and the slightly whacky wannabe singer Cursi. It would work particularly well with Bernal and Luna because, while not blood relatives, they have known each other since they were infants.

Strangely when he pitched the idea of the brothers the two actors loved the idea, but when he told them about the characters, Bernal assumed he'd be Rudo and Luna assumed he's be Cursi, while Cuaron saw it the other way round.

Being the director, he won out and the actors fell into the challenge of fleshing out their characters.

The movie has done very well in Mexico. Interestingly so has the video of Bernal singing a version of Cheap Trick's 'I want you to want me.' When he was working with the choreographer he wanted it to be so good that people would be recreating the dance at Mexican weddings for the next year.

Cuaron smiles and says his wish has come true.

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