Andy Garcia Says Government Surveillance Is Why He Won’t Return to Cuba – The Hollywood Reporter

Andy Garcia explains why, despite a desire to return to Cuba, he would never return to the country.

In an interview with The New York Times promote their work on father of the brideGarcia explained how the film represents the generational divide among Spanish speakers among Latino families, with his own daughters getting married around the film’s release and where he drew inspiration for his character, an architect and father of the bride named Billy.

While discussing how Billy is an “fusion of everyone I’ve known,” Garcia began to talk about how being a Cuban immigrant and “in our case…political exiles” has shaped his sense of work ethic and his identity as an American. When asked if he wants to go back to Cuba, the answer is “every day”, but the actor says he won’t.

“It’s like asking a Jew if he would go back to Nazi Germany,” he says. “Everyone has their own personal reason for going there, and I’m not passing judgement. But I criticized this regime; if I went there, they would use it to say, ‘See, he thinks we let’s do the right thing”. He’s here on vacation.

Garcia goes on to note that it’s not a place they’ll “let us in to do a gig and say what I think.” However, he says he visited the Guantánamo Bay naval base with Gloria and Emilio Estefan for a concert in 1995 for about 16,000 Cuban refugees “in a temporary camp”.

“Once the American interests section in Havana invited us – at the time there was no embassy there – to show my film The Lost City,” Garcia said, recounting his shooting. of 2006 in Cuba. “I said, ‘Can you guarantee my safety?’ They said, ‘We can’t.’ And I said, ‘Thank you for the invitation.’ »

The threat of surveillance, according to the father of the bride star is what will also keep him away. “I know a lot of people who have been to Cuba and are in the public eye. The Cubans who left, they are watched. They have government people following them everywhere.

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