Andy Garcia Quotes (34 Quotes)

    It's better not to work than to work in something you don't want to be working in.

    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.

    I don't control the movies that are offered to me, but I make choices based on certain parameters.

    I was a banquet waiter at the Beverly Hilton hotel. You learn a lot when you're in the service industry-the jerks of the world really come to the fore. It's a valuable learning experience to be in the position where you're of service to someone who sometimes doesn't even know you're there.

    I live in a house full of women, dolls and conga drums

    I've known Ellen for years. I think she's a great actress.

    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.

    When I met him, he seemed to me a humble man who spoke through his music, and that's the way he's always been, ... He dedicated his life to his music and his art, which transcends cultures and even age.

    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.

    It's a great tragedy, ... It's become such a politicized situation. The great tragedy is that you have to get on a raft.

    Children make you a better everything. Daughters open up a whole different sensibility to you. When you have children, it focuses you on them as opposed to on yourself.

    She is Cuba. If you want to love her, you have to be with her, but you can't be with her in her current state. It's the point of view of all exiles - you have to leave the thing you cherish most.

    There was madness. These are people who live life differently than most of us. There's that classic thing about being attracted to the one thing that will destroy you. There was madness to their love.

    You have to love the guy that you play, even if you play the villain, you've got to love him.

    A lot of people don't know about Cuban history, and I don't expect them to.

    I could talk about him all day. He's the Mozart of Cuban music,

    I'll be with it as long as it takes. Certainly, in this business you need a tremendous amount of inner fortitude to be in it for any kind of length of time, and I've already been doing this for twenty years. I'm just going to keep on working on the things that reach me, the things that I want to be associated with and identified with, both as an actor and a filmmaker.

    If you want to experiment, do something temporary.

    I've had my moments of insanity. But there is a certain responsibility to set proper examples for your children, and that influences your choices in every aspect of your life.

    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.

    My first interest was always music, and somehow that channelled itself into films and acting. I don't know what the natural transition of it was. I mean I acted a little bit when I was young and like any kid would in a community theatre.

    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.

    My uncle, who was a little more flamboyant, always said the guy who dressed the best was Fred Astaire.

    It's looking to the end of an era it's about having to leave the thing you most cherish. It's a celebration of a culture that I hold very dear.

    They say a lot of women would like to see me naked, but there's not a lens long enough for that.

    I still have a leather jacket my brother wore in the '60s. It doesn't fit me, but I figure maybe it'll fit my daughter.

    Becoming a producer enables you to empower yourself, to make the film that you want to make. I have desires to make movies - I have movies I'm developing, and things that I'm interested in.

    I approach my work musically a lot in terms of the way maybe a jazz musician would approach an improvisation on a theme.

    From then on, it was forever looking for a home. But there was never any real fire to make the movie within the system.

    This celebration means a lot to me because I owe all in my life to the cultural heritage I came from, specifically Cuban American but also Hispanic American. What gets you through the daily struggle of pursuing that dream is rooted in cultural heritage.

    I wish we didn't have to tell this story.

    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.

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