Video Interview: Luis Guzmán on Career, 'The Last Stand' & More
by Ben Pearson
January 18, 2013
Boogie Nights. Carlito's Way. Traffic. Out of Sight. These are a small amount of the over 100 credits that acclaimed character actor Luis Guzmán has to his name. His newest movie, The Last Stand, is an action film directed by Korean director Kim Jee-woon that stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, Jaimie Alexander, and Rodrigo Santoro as a group of small town folks tasked with stopping an infamous cartel leader trying to get to the Mexican border by crossing through their town (trailer here). I had a chance to speak with Mr. Guzmán about his career, his legacy, Schwarzenegger's comeback, and more. Check it out!
Being herded through an interview with strict time constraints can be difficult, so please forgive the camera placement if it isn't 100% perfect. The interview runs about six minutes and touches on Guzmán's work on The Last Stand, if he ever rewatches his old films while channel surfing, and plenty more. I hope you enjoy!
Here's my full interview with character actor Luis Guzmán, recorded in person in Beverly Hills:
I really liked the line he used about working with Kim Jee-woon and how even though he didn't speak Guzmán's verbal language, he still spoke his "artistic language." One would assume that a language barrier would be a big problem for a director and his actors, but from everything I've heard, it sounds like the entire cast had a good collaborative experience, and that speaks to the true universality of cinema. Sometimes an action movie is an action movie, and everyone is one the same page regardless of native tongue, which is the case with The Last Stand. Thanks to Mr. Guzmán for speaking with me, and to Lionsgate for arranging.
Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzmán is a 56-year-old actor whose filmography includes Q&A, Boogie Nights, Out of Sight, Snake Eyes, The Bone Collector, Magnolia, Traffic, The Salton Sea, Punch-Drunk Love, Waiting..., and more. He also stars in The Last Stand, the English-language debut film of Korean director Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil, The Good, the Bad, the Weird) which hits theaters January 18th, 2013.