Andy Garcia on Longing to Return to Cuba “Every Day” and Why He Won’t: “I’ve Been Critical of That Regime”

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Andy Garcia explains why, despite his desire to return to Cuba, he will never do so.

In an interview with The New York Times promoting his work on Father of the Bride, Garcia spoke about how the film represents the generational divide in Spanish-speaking among Latin families, his own daughters getting married around the film’s release and where he drew inspiration from for his character, an architect and father of the bride named Billy.

While discussing how Billy is an “amalgamation” of everyone I’ve ever met, Garcia began to talk about how being a Cuban immigrant (and “in our case… political exiles”) has shaped Garcia’s sense of identity and work ethic as an American. Garcia answered “everyday” when asked if he would like to go back to Cuba. However, the actor insists that he will not.

” It’s like asking a Jew if they’d return to Nazi Germany,” he said. “Everybody has their reasons to go, and I don’t judge. But I have been critical of this regime. If I went, they would use it as a way to say that he believes we are doing the right thing. He is on vacation. ‘”

Garcia goes on to note that it’s not a place where they will “let us in there to do a concert and speak my mind.” He does, however, recount visiting the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base with Gloria and Emilio Estefan for a concert in 1995 for around 16,000 Cuban refugees “in an interim camp.”

“A time when the U.S. interests Section in Havana invited us — there wasn’t an Embassy there at the time — to show my film The Lost City,” Garcia stated, rehearsing his 2006 film shot in Cuba. “I asked them if they could guarantee my safety. They said no. I replied, ‘Thanks for the invitation. ‘”

The threat of surveillance, according the Father-of-the Bride star is what will keep him away. “I know of many people who have been to Cuba and are now in the public eye. They’re being watched by the government. They are accompanied by .”

government officials.

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