MEXICO CITY: Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee John Malkovich, announced on
Tuesday (October 21) he would direct Zach Helm's Good Canary in Mexico City
starting from November, with Mexican actor Diego Luna in the leading role.
Malkovich, who has been in the film business for more than 30 years,
directed the play's debut – which was written in 2007 – last year in Paris.
The play received six Moliere nominations and won three prizes for “Best
Play,” “Best Actor” and “Best Actress.” It also won
the “Best Play” Crystal Globe Award in France.
Zach Helm's Good Canary will star Mexican acting sensation Diego Luna
as Jack Parker, a promising novelist, whose future is spoilt by Annie (Irene
Azuela). Annie spends her day cleaning the house and taking amphetamines.
Annie stops eating and her mental state deteriorates. Jack deeply loves her
and tries to help her but both hold a secret which will unveil the reason
behind their strange behaviour.
The story is chiefly about love and is violent just like its
characters. The current script is charged with infuriating acid humour, which
is both touching and spine-chilling.
The cast also includes Daniel Gimenez Cacho (Charly) who was born in
Spain and studied theatre and dance in Mexico and Europe. He has worked in
countless films directed by leading directors such as Alfonso Cuaron,
Guillermo del Toro and Pedro Almodovar. Also in the cast is Mexican actor
Bruno Bichir (Andrew Mulholland), Jorge Zarate (Stuart Herskowitz), Mexican
actress Yuridia del Valle (Sylvia) and Argentinean actor Martin Altomaro
Malkovich who is currently staring in the film “Burn After
Reading” directed by the Coen Brothers was full of praise for his cast.
“To me, I love being here and I love working here and I've loved
working… We've only been really in rehearsal for two weeks but I've loved
the work so far and I couldn't be happier,” he said.
In the Coen's latest offering, a madcap comedy also starring A-listers
George Clooney and Brad Pitt, Malkovich plays a heavy-drinking, aggressive CIA
analyst, a role very different from most of his best known performances in
films such as 1988's “Dangerous Liasons”.
Diego Luna spoke about his take on Good Canary.
“It's about a love story between two young people and it has that
emotion, just like John in a certain way who is prepared to live out of a
suitcase and move around the world. This project has that emotion.”
Malkovich spoke about the play's plot.
“It's a play about two young people who are very very much in love
and it's a play about seven people who believed things to a great extent about
other characters which are not true.”
The play is produced by production house Mr. Mudd founded by Malkovich,
Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith, CANANA production house founded by Gael
Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz and lastly Retrolab Productions
founded in 2003 by Claudio Carrera.
The Good Canary will debut on stage on November 26 and will run for 10
weeks from Thursdays to Sundays at the Insurgentes theatre in the south of