Andy Garcia's 'Twisted' Role

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In the new film "Twisted," Andy Garcia plays a homicide detective whose new partner has intimate knowledge of the murders they are investigating. Garcia visited The Early Show to talk about it with co-anchor Hannah Storm.

Garcia says, "'Twisted' is a perfect name for this movie. Sometimes you see movie titles and say, why did they name it that. But 'Twisted' is great because everyone in this movie is wondering."

The film is about Jessica Shepard (Ashley Judd), a newly promoted police inspector in search of a serial killer. Garcia notes, "Ashley Judd has sort of a black widow thing going on. Every man she is involved with ends up dead in this movie."

The investigation becomes more and more twisted as her partner, Mike Delmarco (Garcia), behaves strangely, and the police commissioner (Samuel L. Jackson) is being asked to remove her from the investigation as she is a prime suspect. All the clues point to her and Jessica begins to suspect that she might be the killer she is seeking.

"There's always several suspects and the ambiguity of the suspects is important," Garcia says, "Subtext of the character and contradictions is always important. For me in a movie like this, it's not as much about the character as it is what your function in the story is."

"Twisted" is being released by Paramount Pictures, which is owned by Viacom, the same parent company as CBS.

Garcia will soon be filming "Ocean's 12, the sequel to the highly successful "Ocean's 11." The film reunites the entire cast from the first film: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon (among others). Catherine Zeta-Jones will also join the cast.

About his role in it, he says, "I guess either seeking revenge or joining them, one or the other. Or somewhere in between."

About Andy Garcia:
  • Born Andres Arturo Garcia Menendez in Havana, Cuba, on April 12, 1956, to a well-to-do family. After the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, his family immigrated to America and settled in Miami.

  • Garcia developed an interest in performing after a bout of mononucleosis took him away from his interest in sports. He graduated from Florida International University and moved to L.A. to try his luck at acting and stand-up comedy.

  • In 1981, he landed a role as a gang member in the premiere of NBC's acclaimed "Hill Street Blues." Other guest roles would fallow.

  • In 1983, he made his film debut in the baseball drama "Blue Skies Again."

  • In 1985, he received recognition for his role as homicide detective in "The Mean Season." The following year, he performed as a drug dealer in Hal Ashby's "8 Million Ways to Die."

  • In 1987, Brian De Palma offered him a role as the earnest FBI sharpshooter in "The Untouchables." In 1988, he became a Board of Education official in "Stand and Deliver" and the following year, a morally upright cop in "Black Rain."

  • In 1990, he received an Oscar nomination for his supporting performance as Al Pacino's illegitimate nephew in "The Godfather, Part III."

  • In 1991, he took the role of a hack newspaperman in the stylish thriller "Dead Again." "Jennifer 8" and "Hero" (both 1992) were critical and commercial failures and the roles of a cop with mixed feelings about romance and a media-savvy homeless veteran, respectively, offered little challenge to the actor's capabilities.

  • In 1994, Garcia registered strongly as the patient and loving spouse of an alcoholic (Meg Ryan) in "When a Man Loves a Woman." Other films would follow like: "Steal Big, Steal Little" (1995), "Night Falls on Manhattan" and "The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca" (both in 1997), but none of them proved to have critical or popular success.

  • In 2000, he received rave review and an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of the titular musician in the HBO biopic "For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story" - a biopic he also produced and shared an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Made for Television Movie category.

  • In 2002, Garcia produced and starred in the independent feature "The Man From Elysian Fields," and costarred in "Confidence" with Edward Burns and Dustin Hoffman.

  • Garcia is currently in production of "The Lazarus Child," starring with Angela Bassett and Frances O'Connor, and he has completed production on "Modigliani," in which he portrays Amedeo Modigliani in the last days of his life.

    He is also developing his directorial debut "The Lost City," which was written by Guillermo Cabrera Infante. The announced cast includes Robert Duvall, Dustin Hoffman and Benicio Del Toro.

  • Musically, Garcia has produced and performed on Volumes I and II of "Cachao - Master Sessions" (Crescent Moon/Sony), the former a 1994 Grammy Award winner and the latter a 1995 Grammy Award nominee. "Cachao - Cuba Linda" (EMI Latin) was the duo's third installment for Garcia's CineSon record label, and was nominated for a 2001 Grammy Award and 2000 Latin Grammy Award. The pair has again re-teamed to record the currently untitled fourth installment (Univision) of Cachao's master sessions, again under the CineSon label. Garcia also composed four songs for the "Disappearance of Garcia Lorca" soundtrack and produced, wrote and performed several songs on the "Just the Ticket" soundtrack.

  • Garcia has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Star of the Year Award from the National Association of Theater Owners, a PRISM Award, a Harvard University Foundation Award and a Hispanic Heritage Award for the Arts.

    He is also the recipient of an Oscar de la Hoya Foundation Champion Award, a Father's Day Council Father of the Year Award and an honorary doctorate of fine arts degree from St. John's University.

  • He has been married to Marivi Lorido Garcia since 1982. The couple lives in Los Angeles with their four children: Dominik, Daniella, Alessandra and Andres.
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