I don't control the movies that are offered to me, but I make choices based on certain parameters.
I never applied to go back to Cuba. They did invite me to the Havana Film Festival, but I am opposed to the regime in Cuba. I'd have liked to go back every day of my life. But in honor of all the people who have died and suffered under that regime, I'm not able to make that leap.
You are defined by who are, by your choices in life, in all regards, not just in doing movies.
My grandfather was a very elegant individual. My father also. He was a lawyer and farmer in Cuba. In Miami, he had to go to work wherever he could. But whenever it was time to go out, you saw how they cared for how they looked.
I spent seven years without working, so if they're making cop movies, I'll play cops. I got two kids to bring up.
I'm a staunch anti-Castro individual.
We didn't bring much out of Cuba. On the way to the airport they searched you and took everything, and then they put you on a plane.
They say a lot of women would like to see me naked, but there's not a lens long enough for that.
I'm not the type of person who goes through all this effort for a movie, and then doesn't care if anybody sees it. I want them to see it, and I want them to see it on the big screen.
It's better not to work than to work in something you don't want to be working in.
Movies are very hard to make, to get it all to come together. So many people have their say in what the end product of films are.
You have to love the guy that you play, even if you play the villain, you've got to love him.
Freedom is not negotiable.
I think if the movie has resonance and stimulates the viewer to talk about it, you can have as large an audience as you want. The most important thing for me is that the movie exists. And that's success enough already.
Everything I do in my life is very instinctual and in the moment. If I'm attracted to something, that's it. If I have reservations, those don't change till they're resolved. My first impression is how I go.
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