Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Showbiz News

In Madrid …

Andy Garcia, the Cuban-American actor, is in Spain at present promoting his new film, The Lost City, which opened in the United States earlier this year and is due for release in Spain on November 3.

And as expected, Mr Garcia has been asked his opinions on what will happen in Cuba after Fidel Castro kicks the bucket.

“I hope the promises of the Revolution are finally realised: a democratic and multi-party Cuba,” he responded.

Good response, I thought.

And in Havana …

Ten or so days after arriving in Cuba to record a new album, Charles Aznavour held a press conference in Havana today, before returning home to France.

Aged 82, Aznavour talked about his amazing and amazingly long career.

He was hugely popular in Cuba when I was growing up in the 1960s, and from all accounts, he remains popular on the island.

At his press conference, he was asked whether he would have liked during his brief visit to have met Fidel Castro, who is now into the second month of his supposed “recovery” from delicate-but-secret surgery.

“I would have liked to have met him,” he replied. “But I gather he is still recovering.”

Not such a good response.


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