Almodovar: Latest Film Will 'Affect a Lot of Bisexuals'
By Jerry Portwood
In his first extensive interview about his upcoming film, Pedro Almodovar promises that his comedy I'm so Excited will be one of his most risque, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"There are dialogues that are a little embarrassing to listen to. Even for me. And I wrote them," Almodovar said in an interview with Spanish daily El Mundo. "Men don't usually speak so openly about sex as the characters. I think the male viewers are going to have more problems than the women. Because we men are more hypocritical-- regardless of homosexual or heterosexual."
Almodovar said the film, which is titled Los Amantes Pasajeros in Spanish, serves up more than just laughs and "has a certain melancholy." The ensemble cast features Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, along with Paz Vega, Javier Camara, Cecilia Roth, Pepa Charro, Blanca Suarez, Hugo Silva, Antonio de la Torre, Lola Duenas and Miguel Angel Silvestre. (Watch the trailer here.)
The film releases in Spain March 8 and in the U.S. June 28. The director has always pushed buttons with his camp sensibility and willingness to court controversy with his playful use of gender, drag, and sexuality in his films, however, he said Excited would "affect a lot of bisexuals," but only shows heterosexual sexual relations on camera because "it's much more fun to talk about sex that to do it. And that's from someone who has shot some of the most explicit scenes. You can see it in people's eyes."
The two-page article addressed a range of issues, including Spain's most international director's opinion on the Spanish Academy's Goya Awards ceremony two weeks ago-- "[Culture Minister] Jose Ignacio Wert shouldn't have gone to the ceremony. In the end of the day, he's the bane of the sector."
According to THR, Almodovar also "spoke about the gloomy economic situation in Spain, the superiority complex of the rich, the social freedom, and sexual liberation of the 1980 and political scandals that have come to light in the Spanish press."
Yet, he also spoke openly about the controversy his film may stir up.
"Controversy means people are alive. In any case, nowadays controversy means something else. A lot of taboos have changed."