The Untouchable (UPDATED)

Andy Garcia- our main man in Hollywood – has always been a staunch defender of the Cuban people and, of course, a harsh critic of fidel, che, and all of their cronies. He’s an island of reason and integrity in the ocean of sleaze, backstabbing, and fidel-worshipping that is Hollywood.

An interview in The Independent of Great Britian with Garcia highlights those traits that make him not only one of the great actors of our time, but a person of solid character and integrity.

Garcia talks about his long-time project “The Lost City”, which has been 15 years in the making:

“The Lost City is the story of impossible love set against the cabaret world of Havana in the Fifties, and the Cuban revolution,” he continues. It was written by the late Cuban novelist Guillermo Cabrera Infante, who lived in London and died earlier this year. “I was interested in the nightlife, the cabaret world and all its inhabitants, so initially I was looking for an excuse to put the music to film and weave a tapestry. And I realised what I was trying to do had parallels to other great films like Casablanca, Doctor Zhivago, Cabaret – even The Godfather: Part II.”

Garcia also talks about how his upbringing helped shape “The Lost City”:

“When we arrived in the United States my mother borrowed a dime to let our relatives know we’d arrived and my father, who was a lawyer, followed us a few months later. He hit the ground running and just began to provide for his family in any way he could. He couldn’t fry an egg but he started working for a catering company and was soon organising the entire business. My mother was an English teacher in Cuba and she had to get work as a secretary. I had a fantastic childhood,” he says. “The important thing for my parents was the opportunity for their children to to pursue their dreams.

“That’s the why The Lost City is so important to me. It is a story about impossible love, which is the central metaphor of an exile’s life. The thing you cherish you can’t have, so you find solace in the things that never betray you, like your music and family.”

The best part of the interview is the last paragraph, but I’ll let you all read it for yourselves here.

Thanks to Val for the heads up.

Val who?

UPDATE 4:30 PM – After reading and reflecting upon Killcastro and CB’s comments, I thought of another recent Andy Garcia interview which appeared in the Miami Herald back on July 11th. It also touches upon the film, but deals more with Garcia the person, and talks more about his feelings towards Hollywood’s aversion to anti-castro projects.

Read it here. It might clear up some misperceptions, it might not, but I think it’s fair to say that Andy is on our side.

Oh, by the way, thanks for the warm welcome! 😉

The usual suspects…

Perhaps Mr. Glover, Ms. Walker, Ms. Menchu, Mr. Zinn, et al are unacquainted with the plight of Dr. Biscet? No. They know. They are glad that dangerous counter-revolutionary is in prison.

These folks are as guilty of propping up this bloody regime as those who run it. And, of course, they use the favorite idiotarian tool of the left: moral equivalence.

The word “vile” is not strong enough to describe these barbarians.

From (Tuesday, March 15, 2005 6:20 p.m. EST)

Danny Glover, Alice Walker Back Castro on Human Rights

HAVANA ? About 200 intellectuals, activists and artists from Latin America and elsewhere issued a letter Monday urging the top United Nations human rights watchdog to side with Cuba in an expected battle over the communist country’s rights record.

A U.S.-backed resolution to condemn the island’s record is usually presented at every spring meeting in Geneva of the U.N. Human Rights Commission, which this year was to open Monday and run through April 22.

No resolution targeting the island has emerged this year, but Cuba expects such a proposal will be presented and considered in mid-April. Last year’s resolution passed narrowly, adopted by 22 votes to 21, with 10 abstentions.

“We urge the governments of the commission’s member countries to not permit [the resolution] to be used to legitimize the anti-Cuban aggression of the administration of [President] Bush,” the letter said.

Washington maintains a four-decades-old trade embargo against the island, and trade and travel restrictions have been steadily tightened in recent years.

Nobel Peace Prize laureates including Adolfo Perez Esquivel of Argentina and Rigoberta Menchu of Guatemala signed the letter, as did South Africa’s Nadine Gordimer and Portugal’s Jose Saramago, both recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Among American signatories were actor Danny Glover, author Alice Walker and historian and activist Howard Zinn. Other international figures included filmmaker Walter Salles of Brazil, the music group Manu Chau and France’s former first lady, Danielle Mitterrand.

The letter said the U.S. government has no moral authority to criticize Cuba’s human rights record after its own scandals over treatment of terror suspects at prisons in Iraq and the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay.

Some who signed the letter had criticized Cuba when the government sentenced 75 political opponents to long prison terms in 2003.

? 2005 The Associated Press

And, by the way, Alice Walker’s prose is dull and confused.