“Humberto, you IGNORANT SL*T!!!”
(But seriously, folks. Mr Garcia took time to seriously address the issue of a recent Babalu post):
Dear Mr. Fontova,
In the past I have read several of your articles which I have found to be very insightful.
But recently, a friend of mine pointed out an article you wrote in BabaluBlog. I was shocked to see that your are basing your article on other articles, and misinformation, and reporting them as the truth. So I will clarify, as I am the co-writer and director of the film you mentioned,
“Hemingway and Fuentes”.
First your headline asks, “Did I fall for Castro Propaganda?” This is ludicrous. Is that supposed to incite people to read the misinformation that follows? Anyone that knows me will read that and immediately discredit it. Second you and those in the previous articles you are sighting are making reference to Anselmo Hernandez and Gregorio Fuentes and who was the real inspiration for Santiago in Hemingway’s ‘The Old Man And The Sea’, and that I have gotten it wrong. How can you assume I have gotten it wrong? How can you pass judgement on a film you have not seen, or a screenplay that you have not read? You are making assumptions that happened to be inaccurate. As were the previous blogs you used as a source.
I will clarify for the last time – Anselmo Hernandez is a character in my film, and is Hemingway’s inspiration for Santiago (The Old Man) and that is how he is portrayed. Gregorio Fuentes was the captain of the Pilar, Hemingway’s fishing yacht, for the last 20 years of Hemingway’s life
and that is how he is portrayed.
The Internet is filled with an abundance of false information and quotes that do not belong to me.
If you would have reached out to me to write an article about it I would have granted you the time to discuss it out of respect for your work.
Los Angeles, Ca.
UPDATE: OK folks, since it appears that many “commenters” don’t bother to read the original post or the documenting links, I’m reluctantly putting this here:
I know full-well that the internet is full of “false information” (just read Wikipedia on ME!) But my inference of Fuentes as “inspiration” did not issue from two-bit blogs or even from Wiki. They are repeated everyplace from Spain’s ABC newspaper to The Hollywood Reporter, from Fox News Latino to HispanicBusiness, From IMDb to…in brief EVERYPLACE the movie is mentioned!–this has been going on for close to three years and I never found an official rebuttal. Still I held off from posting. Then last week the clincher when ANDY GARCIA HIMSELF seemingly CONFIRMED IT TO THE ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION:
“I’ve written a movie that I’m going to be directing called “Hemingway & FUENTES,” ABOUT Ernest Hemingway’s RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FISHERMAN WHO INSPIRED “The Old Man and the Sea.” Anthony Hopkins will be playing Hemingway (opposite Garcia as Fuentes). It’s one of those stories that I feel compelled to tell. You can’t sit around hoping someone else will think of it and write it and call me to do it. Sometimes, when you have something to say, you just have to speak up for yourself.”
Perhaps there’s a different way to interpret this–but on top of the three year media barrage..?
And I didn’t accuse Mr Garcia off falling for Castro propaganda I questioned (based on all the above) if he might have had.