Conoce al escritor y director de la película ‘The Book of Life’, un Orgullo Hispano que nos visitó en Despierta América.
Meet the writer and director of the movie ‘The Book of Life’ a true Hispanic Inspiration (they use the word pride) who visited Despierta America (popular latino newscast)
Translation of video (yer welcome)
JC: Thank you very much for having me!
DA:Its a beautiful movie-we haven’t gotten tired of saying it-it’s precious but behind this story there’s another story a marvelous story about finding your dreams that you always looked for since you were little. JC How -How did you complete your dream of getting close to Guillermo Del Toro and having them buy your idea?
JC: I have a lot of years with this story - I have 14 years with this story trying to make this movie. It’s very inspired by Mexico and the traditions of the Day of the Dead. EVERY STUDIO told me no public exists for this movie. This is a weird topic. They hear the words “day of the dead” and think they are zombies. Thanks to Guillermo he comes in as the Director and we present the movie to fox and real effect co produced it ” (They got in on it!) Le Entraron!
DA: So i understand Guillermo was really busy and told you you have 5 minutes to present your movie. How did you present your movie in 5 minutes !? What did you tell him?
JC: To be truthful that first presentation was a disaster. I was really nervous and i was sweating heavily. I almost fell in his pool and when the time came to resent, my bro’s in the house next door betrayed me because there was like five gardeners mowing the lawn making the loudest noise ever so I screamed everything during the presentation. At the end of it Guillermo told me what a bad presentation but there’s something here. I am going to enter as your producer and i’m going to take care of you and your movie. And that’s where everything started. Like a kid who dressed up as robin and batman comes by in the bat mobile opens the door and says “come on we need to go fight”.
DA: What did you do-aahh- how long ago did he buy it?
JC: 5 years ago
DA: 5 YEARS!
DA: What do you do when your in Guillermo’s house and suddenly- alright it’s time- what when through your mind?
JC: My heart almost explodes from happiness. Everybody asks me well how does it feel to have a movie? I replay it’s like having a birthday party everyday…except there’s days when your the pinata and every one is hitting you.
DA. So it looks easy but it did take you a while to finish this project. From Guillermo’s house to the release of the movie how long?
JC: 6 years. Doors were closing everywhere but little by little we convinced the producers.
DA: so little by little convince the producers convince your wife because you worked with her (yes) And as i understand you put your marriage on the line?
JC: Yeah you see my wife designs the feminine characters and i design the masculine characters and every so often we collaborate like with the character of death. We got into fights. She is a person with strong character `=~and i’m very sweet~ lots of chaos~ and in the end we always say if we survive working together this marriage will survive anything.
DA: Well you accomplished it. All the drawings are gorgeous, the colors are precious. So now i’m going to ask you about someone who was inspiration you doing this movie Mauricio (Mao - re - si -o) Who es Mauricio?
JC: I was a kid in Mexico city and around nine years old he was my best friend and he passed away. It was the first time i learned about dia del muerto. My Mom sat me down and told me “Mauricio is right here always and when you speak his name he is here visiting you. So as a kid i stuck very much to that. As the years went by I met my wife declared matrimony 8 years later,if Mauricio was here he would say go for it, so on dia del muerto i asked her to marry me and she said yes. I wanted Mauricio to be there for the wedding so we had it during dia de los muertos. He was my best man and was right beside me that day. So I dedicated the movie to him. The story is inspired by the special relationship i have with him. I know he is with me wherever i go.
DA: How Marvelous Your beautiful story, getting married on dia de los muertos so your best friend could be with you…. There are two characters, Manolo y Joaquin (Hua kin) which one is you and which one is your friend?
JC: Joaquin is my friend and Manolo is the artist who always has to fight with his father-in-law to be his daughters boyfriend. Which is something that happened to me, to my dad, to my grandpa. Is all the stories that happened to my family.
DA: YOu also were inspired by Mexican artists, a lot of people don’t know but there are certain aspects of a Mexican movie that are very well known for example Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete, Maria Felix,etc etc….
JC: There are all types of references to Mexico’s golden cinema era. I used to watch cartoons then those movies would appear and they got blended in my brain.