Amigos del español

Tom Hanks

In a wildly entertaining piece of storytelling, Academy Award winner Tom Hanks leads the cast in the movie “Cloud Atlas”, directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell. Hanks appears in six different roles that represent the journey of a single soul through points along the continuum. Their characters are witnesses to moments in human history and the consequences of their actions will change their lives forever. With eloquent examples of courage, hope and wonder as well as treachery, struggle and loss, the film brings such moments into sharp focus. Hanks also discussed about his passion for the books of Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts: 'I certainly learned a lot more of the Spanish culture'


With great uncertainty Naomi Watts took on the role of Maria, the brave, and very lucky, mother in the upcoming film from Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona that chronicles one family's horrific experience during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.Despite a grave injury, the character, based on the real-life of the spanish woman Maria Belon, was confident and sure-footed, able to display great courage in getting herself and her oldest son to safety while unsure of the fate of her husband and her two youngest boys. With Naomi we had the opportunity to talk in Toronto about her experience of shooting in Spain and enjoying the spanish culture.

 

Ewan McGregor

The Scottish actor Ewan McGregor plays a real life father on vacation in  the movie The Impossible. The story of a real Spanish family in Thailand when the devastating 2004 tsunami hit their seaside resort, scattering their family across the region. Directed by José Antonio Bayona, McGregor says in this interview that for a long time he  has  been following the Spanish filmmaker. The Impossible was shooting between Thailand and Spain where the actor had the opportunity to learn about Spanish culture, traditions and pick some words of our language. Ewan McGregor has received the San Sebastian Film Festival's Donostia Award for career achievement.

Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon: “I do speak five languages and Spanish is one of them”

Susan Sarandon is an extraordinary actress committed to her political views and her work in Hollywood.Fascinated with Spain, Susan bought a house in Majorca a few years back where she goes to relax. It was there, in Spain, where she started to learn Spanish and develop a passion for authors like Neruda and García Márquez. In Los Angeles we had the opportunity to talk with this actress about her work and her passion in life.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is back on screen in What to Expect when you are expecting for the first time since 2010’s The Back-up Plan. Lopez is simply one star in the superstar cast that includes onscreen expectant moms Cameron Diaz, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick and Elizabeth Banks. Lopez talks to Amigos del Español about the experience of making the movie and how the mother of young twins found it hit especially close to home. A proud Latina of her Spanish roots the actress is fluent in Spanish and wants to educate her kids in both languages, English and Spanish. (Note from the editor: This interview was done just before Lopez announced her departure from "American Idol.")

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron is the “it” actress of the moment. This summer comes to the big screen with two movies Prometheus and Snow White and the Hunterwhere she plays the devil queen who wants to kill Snow White.At 35, Theron confess that her Spanish is very limited, in fact she only knows the dirty words of our language, she learned those words in the set of the movie The Burning Plan that she shot two years ago with the Mexican director Guillermo Arriaga.