Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sundance: Guillermo del Toro gets teased about 'The Hobbit'

Before the 2009 Sundance Film Festival began, the talk was that, thanks to the economy, this year’s fest could be the most sedate in years…One group of guys who had no problem at all keeping their spirits up: The amigos of Rudo y Cursi, a comedy about brothers and Mexican soccer produced by cinema heavyweights Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo Del Toro, written and directed by Alfonso's brother Carlos Cuarón, and starring Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal. Luna couldn't make the festival due to a commitment in Mexico, but the rest of the crew happily plopped down in the loft to talk about the welcoming, easy-going community of movie lovers that makes Sundance so appealing for indie filmmakers. Mostly, though, the group just reveled in taking the piss out of Del Toro for his next gig: Cowriting and directing a little movie called The Hobbit. (Del Toro had left working with Peter Jackson et al on the script in New Zealand specifically to promote Rudo y Cursi.)

Adam B. Vary of hopped in the van with them as they drove to the Rudo y Cursi premiere after a dinner in which the wine flowed freely. Check out the resulting hilarious video clip.

Photo: Gael García Bernal,Carlos Cuarón, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro (Jeff Vespa,

TRAILER: 'Rudo y Cursi'

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