Almost a decade after the release of Y Tu Mamá También, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna reunite in the futbol comedy Rudo y Cursi. The film, which will premiere in Mexico next Friday and has a US release date of early 2009, follows two brothers from the banana-planting coastal region in southwest Mexico on their quest to become professional soccer players. “The movie was originally about one character, but Carlos in the end had to make it about two,” says Alfonso Cuarón of his writer and director brother Carlos (Alfonso directed the pair in Y Tu Mamá También and here has producer billing, along with Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro). “I think the cursi and the rudo represent the psyches in all of us.”
Diego plays Beto, who dreams of playing in the major leagues; Gael is Tato, whose real ambitions are to become a famous singer. However, when Tato is discovered by a soccer promoter and leaves their small town, a sibling rivalry starts brewing. Beto is later also recruited as goalie for a major team, while Tato shines as star scorer for a rival team. All tensions come to a head as the two have to negotiate their relationship and their fame.
The movie looks like it’s going to be a trip, for sure, but for us the best part will be seeing our favorite pair of bro-mancing actors together once again. “It was funny because I thought knowing me I was going to be Cursi and Gael was going to be Rudo, but it turned out the nicknames and our characters were reversed!” jokes Diego. And if we have as much fun watching it as we’re sure they had making it, we can’t wait.
Check out this hilarious scene from the movie, starring Gael in a quite different role…