TUNE IN NOTICE!!!
TONIGHT, SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH
NBC-TV, Channel 4 in NYC
Andy Garcia and Dominik Garcia-Lorido’s interview
about “City Island” and the Tribeca Film Festival
on “Access Hollywood” with clips from the film.
Item: I will be appearing at the Barnes and Noble store in Union Square on 17th Street tomorrow, April 26, at noon. I'm on a panel with some other writer/directors discussing what it's like...to be a writer/director (I suppose). If any of you in the New York area decide to drop by, please feel free to intro yourself--I'd love to meet any and all readers...
Yesterdays press day went exceedingly well, thanks to the superb organization of Janice Roland and her lieutenants at Falco (our PR company), to say nothing of the enthusiastic particpation of Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Dominik Garcia-Lorido and Ezra Miller. I was paired up with Andy for several interviews, Ezra and Dominik were paired up for most of theirs, Julianna did a lot of solo and a few with Andy (and one with me). Some of the outlets were print (AP, Reuters), some TV (AMC, IFC etc.) and a number were internet based and radio. Where will it all air and when? Who the hell knows? But it's a lot of damn fun talking about yourself for four hours and not being in a therapists office.
Afterward, Andy, Dominik, one of our producing partners and I went to lunch at Pastis--a fashionable downtown spot which is--for my money--the loudest, least pleasant place I have ever dined in Manhattan. Over lunch Andy got to talking about the great director Hal Ashby ("Harold and Maude", "Shampoo", "Being There"). Andy was a great admirer of Ashby, who cast Andy in one of his earliest roles--as a Latino drug dealer named Angel in a 1986 flick called "8 Million Ways To Die". I remember seeing the film in its first run and deeply enjoying the interplay between Jeff Bridges and this young, swarthy Latino guy who I'd never heard of. Now twenty-two years later, the drug-dealer and I are partners in a movie that both of us have great pride in and hopes for.
One of the things Andy admired about Ashby was his looseness with actors, his positive urging them on spirit. In a sense, an actor could do no wrong with Ashby. Andy said his usual direction was "That's great. Now do it again but differently". The huge variety of ideas that this inspired led to the performances in his movies being loose, funny, inventive and totally natural.
I've posted two scenes from "8 Million Ways To Die" below--look how y-o-u-n-g my actor/producing partner/friend looks. (Personally I think he's much more handsome and mature now as Vince Rizzo...) The first scene is a wonderful bit of cat and mouse with Jeff Bridges. The second is a "drug deal gone awry" scene which, Andy told me, wasn't really scripted at all; all that screaming and all that nuttiness was the result of Ashby letting the actors take off and do what good actors know how to do best: make something happen where previously there might not have been nothin' happening...