McFARLAND, USA opens in theaters everywhere on February 20th!
Kevin Costner on What is a real american story
There’s no – you think apple pie and baseball’s American? No. McFarland is way more American than any of those things. Those are pastimes. What’s American – maybe I'm gonna get real sentimental, here, because it’s getting dark and Maybe – maybe somebody didn’t want to hear this answer. But there is no American story than parents who are willing to do anything to better their children, to give their children a chance. There’s nothing more American, and it’s been playing out over the last 300 years, here. And so McFarland is not some weird little town, you know, like oh, poor McFarland. Poor McFarland? No. Number one, there’s a mythology around McFarland because their lives changed when they understood that they could be champions. Uh, and repeat that idea. But – but the simplicity – of – of – there’s nothing more noble than a father and a mother, uh, making an opportunity for their child, knowing that their life is gonna be hard. And there’s something very noble about that, to me; something incredibly heroic about that."
Carlos Pratt on making movies for latinos
Sergio Avelar On How he got involved with the movie
And um, next thing you know, I mean I was just getting, you know, call backs on – to go and, you know, to talk to the casting directors, to – that way they could get to know me a little more and things like that. And then there was a hiatus of just – it was about a year and a half or so when I didn’t hear – I didn’t hear anything about it. Next thing you know, um, I get this call from the casting office, and they say, you know, “Would you like to continue the process on to trying to get to the movie – to try to get back into the movie in McFarland?” I was like, “Oh, yes,” like I completely forgot about it.
And next thing you know, I mean, you know, coming out here to the auditions, and you know, it was very nerve wracking because I was going up against these actors, and you know, I've never acted in my life, I never took drama classes or anything like that. So I thought I was no way into – you know, competing with these guys. So uh, next thing you know, I'm at work, and uh, I get a call from Niki. You know, and she’s like, “Oh, this is Niki Caro from McFarland, and uh, I was wondering if, you know, you would want to work on this project McFarland.” Oh, my gosh, I was – that was the best phone call I just jumped up and down, I ran inside my – the job that I had, and I was like, “Oh, my God, I got the movie, I got the movie!” And everyone was, you know, congratulating me. I mean, but it was – you know, it’s amazing, you know. I thank everyone."
JOHNNY Ortiz ON PLAYING THE REAL-LIFE COUNTERPART
But all the characters have something in common because they all come from a different background, which show that, you know, this is happening out there; this is what happened and it’s just beautiful seeing this come to life."
Hector duran on how is working with Kevin Costner
Niki Caro on what attracted her to the story
You drive to McFarland, you’ll see a bunch of people you see on screen. It’ll look like it does on screen. Um, and that’s deeply satisfying to me to – to go in and tell a story that is not only meaningful, but is true and real, and tell it with the real people. And then if that weren’t enough, to go in with the likes of these people, um, this has been a deeply, deeply satisfying experience for me and I hope it will be for the audience, too."
Rafael Martinez on his impression of david diaz
Ramiro Rodriguez on the fitness of his character
Michael Aguero on acting again in the future
Meeting the diaz brothers
Danny: "I would say that the number one thing a young person – a kid – in today’s world – I mean it’s different when we were growing up, with the amount of social media out there and the – just the negativity that’s out there, I would say that if you commit to something, give it your all. Give it your best. It doesn’t matter what it is. If you give it your best try, at school, at work, with family, with your relationships, whatever it may be, just commit to it and do your best and good things will happen eventually, just like for us. We ran because it was a lifestyle for us. We never expected anything like this, and 20 years later, to see this coming to fruition, it’s such a humbling, yet very exciting thing to be happening for us."
Damacio: "And I would just like to echo what my brothers have been saying, and that hard work pays off. And, you know, back in 1987 when we won State, that was a thrill for us. Obviously, there’s been more state titles that – from other teams in – in other years. But I was just so happy to see Disney portraying us how we really were. We’re working in the fields, and I'm glad that the whole world is gonna be able to see that. Because so many, you know, Latino families, Hispanic families, that’s our life. We work in our fields, and we, uh, that’s – that’s gonna be our life. And if it’s not for Mr. White, obviously my parents that instilled in us that education was the door out, um, and for us it really was. We hated working in the fields, and – and we, uh, we sought a better life. But I'm so happy that Disney is portraying us, um, how things really were."