Andy Garcia: Whatever the Economy, Dreams Need to Be Pursued

Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Andy Garcia and Ezra Miller

Andy Garcia had hoped to get his “Hemingway & Fuentes” film starring himself, Anthony Hopkins and Annette Bening, before the cameras this year.  But as of now, he’s still working on getting the financing together for the indie feature he wrote himself and intends to direct, about the possible real-life inspiration for “The Old Man and the Sea.”  Like countless other filmmakers, Garcia’s feeling the effects of the recession.  

 “It is more difficult now to find funding, yes, but that shouldn’t deter the effort,” he says firmly.  “Even though the money situation could be a little tighter than usual, a quality project will eventually attract it.  We can’t be complacent or intimidated by a market condition.  We’re dealing with dreams, and dreams need to be pursued. 

“It took me 16 years to get ‘The Lost City’ made,” he reminds, speaking of his 2005 drama set amid the turmoil of late 1950’s Havana.  “And through all that time, I never lost the dream. 

 “‘City Island’ took three years,” he adds, referring to his acclaimed dramedy of this year.  Garcia plays the corrections officer patriarch of a Bronx family in which every member is keeping secrets — that all begin to unravel.  Julianna Margulies, Alan Arkin, Emily Mortimer and Garcia’s real-life eldest daughter, Dominik, also star.  Garcia is being talked as a dark horse Academy Awards candidate for the feature, written and directed by Raymond De Felitta on which Garcia also served as producer.

According to him, the moviemakers got all their first choices for the cast.  He notes that DeFelitta “wrote a beautiful script, and you always know great actors will be attracted to great material.”

 Garcia has made a habit of going back and forth between big studio movies and small labor-of-love independents.  He says that patter has grown out of creative desires rather than career design.  “You have stories you want to tell, movies that might come your way, that are not bein offered by the studios.  You can’t really control what the studios are going to want you do to, so I don’t really concern myself with them.  I create my own opportunities with stories that move me.”