Andy Garcia, left, both stars and produces At Middleton. (Anchor Bay Films)
Academy-Award nominee Andy Garcia is widely regarded as one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors. During his 30-year career, he has appeared on dozens of films, with production duties in several.
His most recent film, At Middleton, is no exception. The film, also starring the lovely and talented Vera Farmiga, is now playing in select theatres.
At Middleton is a romantic comedy about two strangers and their unconventional journey to uncovering their true desires and a glimpse of what their lives can be if they follow their hearts.
At a press junket in Los Angeles, Garcia was on hand to speak to the media about his involvement with the film, both as an actor and producer.
When asked about the idea behind this film, Garcia explained that the film itself was not a commentary on perceived notions about dysfunctional marriages.
“I don’t think we’re trying to speak about any particular statistics,” said Garcia. “This is a movie that explores this magical encounter, this unintentional encounter that happens between two individuals, in a style that is reminiscent of old French movies from the 60′s – romantic films with a European sensibility.”
He elaborated that the film was centered around the dynamics of the relationship between George and Edith, and the tough decisions they must make as a result.
“We’re just trying to present how these two characters come together, and what an extraordinary joy and experience they had,” added Garcia. “They started almost in an antagonistic [relationship] but it grew into something beyond their own comprehension. They even lost control. At the end of the day, it was so intense and magical that they have to make a decision about it.”
Garcia also discussed his involvement as a producer. When asked about the challenges of having the film made, he talked about the hurdles that had to be overcome to fund the film.
“The financing of the film was the biggest challenge. We started with nothing, and we had to piece together stuff to make this movie and find money from different places. Personal money was on the line. So that’s what we were dealing with,” Garcia went on to say. “We’re all like dogs with a bone trying to get something done. Once the bank closes, the making of the movie is a breeze. Even if you have financial parameters, which we did – we had to make the movie with just $2.5 million.”
He added that the nature of the film’s funding and schedule allowed for certain creative freedoms not commonly granted in big studio films with multi-million dollar budgets.
“We only had 20 days, so those 20 days were ours. As long as we met that schedule, no one could tell us what to do. We had complete creative control, and creative freedom to do whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted. That’s the beauty of the independent cinema. You answer to the people who are there, because they want to be there.”