Spanish film about ousted Castro stars daughter
25 April 2007, BARCELONA - A Spanish film, which stars Fidel Castro's real daughter, tells the tale of the Cuban dictator being washed up in Miami after being ousted from power.
25 April 2007
BARCELONA - A Spanish film, which stars Fidel Castro's real daughter, tells the tale of the Cuban dictator being washed up in Miami after being ousted from power.
Spanish actor Juan Luis Galiardo, who portrays Fidel Castro in the film, said on ednesday he played the role "like if I was a survivor."
"I Love Miami," the first film by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Padilla, tells the story of a Fidel Castro overthrown after an attack on the high seas who washes up in a lifeboat in Miami, beardless, with mild amnesia and unrecognizable.
Galiardo said in an interview with Efe that he became confident of his ability to portray the Cuban leader after Fidel's daughter, Alina, who also has a role in the film, told him: "I think you're going to play this part well because you're as good an actor as my father, you have similar features and you are both histrionic."
The accent was not a problem, the actor said, because Castro "boasts that he speaks correct Spanish," eschewing many of the idiosyncracies of Cuban Spanish.
Galiardo, who at times during the interview began speaking like Castro, as if possessed by Fidel's spirit, said he wanted to show on the big screen "the playful side of the Cuban leader, the pathos of someone who has power and loses it, and his vain attempt to survive the personality that he himself has created."
"The best actor is not the one who lies, because the best portrayal is the truest one of all," Galiardo said.
After recently playing Fidel Castro, as well as Don Quixote and Cervantes in "Miguel & William," the Spanish actor said he felt "fortunate" because film "has reduced its themes, and it appears that the only possible audience is the younger one."
Gonzalez Padilla, a director of commercials and music videos who is making his big-screen debut with "I Love Miami," told Efe that when he decided to make a movie about the plight of Cuban refugees who take to the sea in flimsy vessels, he thought "that the best character would be Fidel, who is the true architect of the rafters," as the refugees are known.
The Mexican director said he wanted Galiardo to play the part of Castro from the beginning.
"Both are explosive, charismatic, never say goodbye and have a human strength," Gonzalez Padilla said.
"In 'I Love Miami' we speak badly of the two Cubas, the one in the island and the one in Miami, which provides the best balance to invite reflection," Gonzalez Padilla said.
The director, who said he regretted "the unofficial censorship that the film has experienced in Cuba, but also in Bolivia and Venezuela," defended his decision to "make the character more human and give Castro an opportunity to visit the other Cuba that he created."
Miami is home to more than 600,000 Cuban exiles and their offspring.
Gonzalez Padilla's cinematic fantasy about an ousted, bereft Fidel Castro comes as the 80-year-old Cuban leader continues his slow recovery from intestinal surgery last July. EFE
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news