EXCLUSIVE: Andy Garcia Dishes on New Film 'At Middleton'

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[Laughs] True. What was the best part about doing a film such as this one?

Well just, you know, the creative experience with the people I was working with. Not only initially with Adam and Glen -- who are the co-writers and directors and my co-producers -- but then, of course, Vera [Farmiga] who is a genial actress and a great partner and her sister, Taissa, and my daughter Daniella who’s in the movie with us and Spencer. So, you know, there was a very good close relationship. Obviously, I did most of my work with Vera. Like I said, she’s a very special actress and a great partner. The memories, at the end of the day, even though, obviously, you’re very proud of the film and all that, this is an independent film done for a very low budget and everyone who was there was there because they wanted to be there. There wasn’t any financial windfall for anyone, it was an artistic commitment to each other to be there and to tell a beautiful story and make a beautiful film.

And which scene was your favorite to do?

I don’t know if I have a favorite to tell you the truth. All of them have their thing, you know. I couldn’t say I have a favorite. It’s hard to say. I couldn’t say, you know. I mean, if you force me to pick one, I’ll pick one, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the favorite [Laughs].

[Laughs] Well, we're going to force you to pick one, then!

Oh, okay. Well I’ll say up in the bell tower when we go up the first time, and I have vertigo and she doesn’t know it until she finds out – that whole sequence. I think it’s very nice.

Definitely a nice scene. So there were a lot of funny scenes in the movie. What were some of the funny things that happened off-screen?

There was no off-screen because we shot the movie in 17 -- me and Vera worked for 17 straight days, and we did our work. We shot the rehearsals so there were no actual rehearsals. We never read the script together. We showed up and did it, you know. The off-camera was on camera is what I’m saying. So the funny things are on camera [Laughs]. Do you understand what I’m saying?

[Laughs] Yes, got it!

In this kind of movie -- when you’re doing a movie in 20 days -- there is no time for off-camera [Laughs]. You’re going from one place to another. And we’re shooting rehearsals. And we just shoot and we play. So what you saw in the movie is really the answer to that story, to that question.

So as was mentioned earlier, you not only starred in At Middleton, you were also a producer on the project. What were things like behind the scenes for you?

Well, the most difficult thing about producing any movie that’s independent is the raising of the money, you know, the financing. Because if it’s a studio movie, they’re already giving you the money, but here you have to raise the money. Once you’ve done that -- which is the most difficult thing -- no matter what parameter of budget you’re working on, it’s really about execution. You work under those parameters, and then it’s fun because now you’re making the movie. Once we got going after the raising of the money -- you’re not producing the movie by yourself. There are line producers, there are many people, I have co-producers on the film. So we all delineate our own focuses, you know. Someone’s looking after the budget, the other one’s looking after the schedule -- the time -- and me and Vera have to look after the characters. But if there’s some question about that we have to alter a schedule or alter a question of tone or an idea, then the producer hat goes on for a moment. But once we’re shooting, I have to release myself into the actor mode and let the producer hat only be on when my fellow producers would want an opinion about that. If not, they can handle it without me.

And which role do you actually prefer? Do you prefer being the actor or the person behind the camera?

Oh yes, of course, the actor [Laughs]. The producer is really out of necessity. You want to tell a story, so you take the responsibility of raising the money and producing it.  There’s this pride of course in that, but it’s not more fun than acting that’s for sure.

If you had to give our readers a reason to see the film, what would you say?

Well I think the movie is a beautiful, romantic story that has both drama and humor, and I think the movie also has enormous resonance. It’s proven that, as the audiences we’ve been showing the film to. And that’s what you want in a movie, to go away and that your heart has been touched and moved, and two weeks later you’re still thinking about the film. And I guess one of the best comments that people have about the film is that they want to see a sequel because they want to know what happens to George and Edith.

[Laughs] We do too!

Okay, there you go. So that means that you got inside their world and their relationship. And you cared about it. And it affected you. So that’s a beautiful thing.

Exactly, because even though they're married, there's a part of us rooting for them.

Well, yeah. We never really know what the situation at home is. It’s alluded to, obviously, in that acting class. But you know they’re good people, you know what I mean; they’re not there to cheat on anybody or to have – they weren’t looking to have this relationship, you know.

You can catch Andy Garcia in At Middleton in theaters, on iTunes or On Demand beginning today, January 31st!

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