Mexican food is far more varied than people think. It changes like dialects. I was brought up in Jalisco by the sea on a basic diet – tomatoes chillis peppers of every size and rice which is a Mexican staple. The Pacific coast has a huge array of seafood.
Talking about food is like talking about your dreams. Everyone has something to say. We all have to eat it’s just what we eat which differs. Some people eat for fuel and I feel bad for them.
In Mexico theater is very underground so if you’re a theater actor it’s very difficult to make a living. But it’s also a very beautiful pathway to knowledge and to an open education.
I think the water dictates how food will taste in a country. In England the apples taste unlike apples grown in any other place. England is an island there’s a lot of salt in the air and in the water. I think that has something to do with it.
Life certainly points it out to you – ‘you can go this way or the other way.’ You have to decide and it’s a very strong decision because would you sleep well knowing that you’re living in the best place but you’re letting the place where you should live alone?
I was little there were times I wanted my parents to be normal. I wanted them to have a religion. I wanted them to have a job like the parents of every other kid I went to school with.
We think that democracy can change a lot of things but we’re being fooled because democracy is not the election. We’ve been taught that democracy is having elections. And it isn’t. Elections are the most horrendous aspect of democracy. It’s the most mundane trivial disappointing dirty aspect.
You know Motorcycle Diaries has no incredible stories no sudden plot twists it doesn’t play that way. It’s about recognizing that instance of change and embracing it.
Doing films in Latin America is like an act of faith. I mean you really have to believe in what you’re doing because if not you feel like it’s a waste of time because you might as well be doing something that at least pays you the rent.
I was brought up the Mexican way where actors are paid very little and every part you take is an act of faith. If people respect that then great.
Alexander Gonzalez Inarritu is a great director. He’s the one I first worked with. He’s amazing.
Recently I’ve been doing risottos. Some of them have been amazing. Some of them not all of them.