Andy Garcia goes indie at the La Costa Film Festival.WHITNEY BUTLER
Andy Garcia sat across from me at the patio table outside his suite, where a party gathered of supporting actors, writers and friends—people who had collaborated on the film “At Middleton,” starring Garcia and Vera Farmiga. The indie film would make its La Costa debut in just a few hours, as a low evening mist gathered around the La Costa Resort and Spa in what Garcia described as “an emotional setting” for the festival. He liked it.I may have been a little star-stuck. He is, after all, cinema royalty—known for his notorious Mancini character and numerous A-list pairings in major blockbuster hits.
As he swirled his red wine and puffed a cigar, his demeanor left a ring of relaxed energy about him.From a distance, Hollywood and its regime of CG robots and raunchy-humored Romeos looks more like a pop standard and less like an evolution of big talent on the big screens. It’s left some critics exhausted and nostalgic. So when I got a chance to sit down with Garcia to pick his brain about making films, that was exactly where I wanted to start.
“The great curiosity is why doesn’t a script like [‘At Middleton’] ever get picked up by a studio immediately,” Garcia said. “I think everyone’s opinion was that it was too ‘small.’” Clearly he meant without the robots.
Originally appeared in print December 2013.READ COMPLETE PRINT VERSION