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Andy Garcia: With any economy, dreams need to be pursued

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: Andy Garcia had hoped to get his “Hemingway & Fuentes” film starring himself, Anthony Hopkins and Annette Bening, before the cameras this year. But as of now, he’s still working on getting the financing together for the indie feature he wrote himself and intends to direct, about the possible real-life inspiration for “The Old Man and the Sea.” Like countless other filmmakers, Garcia’s feeling the effects of the recession.

”It is more difficult now to find funding, yes, but that shouldn’t deter the effort,” he says firmly. “Even though the money situation could be a little tighter than usual, a quality project will eventually attract it. We can’t be complacent or intimidated by a market condition. We’re dealing with dreams, and dreams need to be pursued.

“It took me 16 years to get ‘The Lost City’ made,” he reminds, speaking of his 2005 drama set amid the turmoil of late 1950′s Havana. “And through all that time, I never lost the dream.”

“‘City Island’ took three years,” he adds, referring to his acclaimed dramedy of this year. Garcia plays the corrections officer patriarch of a Bronx family in which every member is keeping secrets — that all begin to unravel. Julianna Margulies, Alan Arkin, Emily Mortimer and Garcia’s real-life eldest daughter, Dominik, also star. Garcia is being talked as a dark horse Academy Awards candidate for the feature, written and directed by Raymond De Felitta on which Garcia also served as producer.

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

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