I still remember the first time I saw Y Tu Mamá También and I became just slightly obsessed with the lead actors of the 2001 Mexican film. Since then, actors Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal have become global stars, and both have gone on to work with a variety of talented directors including Jim Jarmusch and Gus Van Sant.
Now the two are reuniting onscreen in Rudo y Cursi (opening today) as brothers from the countryside who are recruited to play professional soccer in the big city. I was lucky enough to sit down with them here in San Francisco to talk about acting together, why we don't actually see either of them play any soccer in a soccer movie, and Gael's singing voice. Here are some highlights:
On reuniting as actors for this movie:
Diego: Reuniting? It's just that it's . . . I mean, we're not reuniting.
Gael: It's not like Menudo . . .
Diego: It's not like Menudo reunited. Like we tried to go single and then we go "Oh man, no one's heard our music. Let's do another hit together." We've been working all those years, we have a company together, we have a film festival. I'm a producer of his films, he's a producer of mine. We've been collaborating a lot. But what's cool was, yeah, to be actors — just actors — again.
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