Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-02-14
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

'Ashes' to ashes: Talking with Javier Beltran
by Richard Knight, Jr.
2009-05-06

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


In the indie film Little Ashes, an intense romantic period drama, actor Javier Beltran makes his feature debut as revered gay Spanish poet, playwright and slain political activist Federico Garcia Lorca. Beltran's startling debut, however, has been slightly overshadowed by his suddenly world-famous co-star Robert Pattinson, the teenage heartthrob familiar to millions as vampire Edward Cullen in Twilight. Pattinson plays surrealist painter Salvador Dali, who meets Lorca at art school at the beginning of his career during the 1920s. The two become close friends and lovers before a host of complications intervenes, including Dali's intense preoccupation with fame and outrageous behavior. This time out it's Beltran, with his dreamy good looks, who gets to play the moody, sensual hero filled with passionate, unspoken desires. It's a performance that finds critics comparing Beltran to another Javier—Bardem.

Beltran is busy working on an array of projects—a wildly popular Spanish soap opera called Zoo and the Spanish premiere of the play The History Boys, but during a break in rehearsals from his home in Barcelona he managed to give Windy City Times his only Chicago-area interview. Beltran speaks beautiful English in Little Ashes but is more comfortable in his first language so the interview was conducted with the help of a translator.

Windy City Times: You were cast out of college in Little Ashes—were your college years in any way comparable to those experienced by Lorca, Dali and their artistic group?

Javier Beltran: More or less, yes. I'm 25 and Lorca was 27 so it was about the same, yes. [ Laughs ]

WCT: Lorca is highly revered, obviously, for his writing but do you think are people aware of his gay sexuality?

JB: Yes; the whole world knew. I don't think it was any secret. Everyone in Spain knew that he was gay. It was another thing about whether people talked about it or not. His secret was out there but what people cared more was his poetry [ and still do ] —not necessarily if he was gay or if he wasn't.

WCT: Do you think if the climate for gays in the 20s and 30s when Lorca and Dali were intimate friends had been more accepting, they would have been able to maintain their relationship?

JB: That is very hard to say—I wouldn't like to guess.

WCT: How does it feel to be the envy of millions of teenage girls and gay boys, sharing love scenes with Robert Pattinson?

JB: I don't know. [ laughs ] I'm just very happy to have worked with Robert—to have shared this project with him—and I'm very happy for him for his success.

WCT: Can you talk about filming the love scenes with him? Both of you have said they were painful physically to film—really?

JB: The scenes were very intense. It was very difficult to express since they were very intense emotions in these scenes with what was happening with the two individuals. But I was very comfortable doing the scenes because the crew and Robert were very supportive. I was happy how they came out in the movie.

WCT: In your research did you find a poem of Lorca's that helped you find the key to his character or his relationship with Dali?

JB: Many, many—all of them, actually. A Poet In New York is my favorite Lorca book. I loved the whole book. It's very difficult for me to choose only one.

WCT: You're being compared to Antonio Banderas and Javier Bardem partly because this is your breakout role and, like them, you're portraying a gay character. How does that feel?

JB: Me being compared to Antonio Banderas is a pleasure. I love his career; he's a marvelous actor, he's stupendous [ and ] he's a perfect example for young actors to follow, as is Javier Bardem. I get excited over this idea [ laughs ] I have to admit. I'm proud to be compared to these two. They're great actors both in Spain and abroad; they have great careers.

WCT: Any chance we'll see you in an Almodovar film?

JB: Hopefully! [ Laughs ] I'd love it, absolutely. Not at this moment, though.

WCT: Now that you've played Lorca, any chance you'll appear in one of his plays?

JB: No, I'm not doing any Lorca plays. I would like to, though.

WCT: How do you feel about your success with this movie?

JB: I'm not aware of fame or anything like that. I'm just a 25-year-old run-of-the-mill actor, no more, no less. It makes me very happy knowing that people are watching the movie—the more, the better. I haven't changed anything in my life. I will keep working and that's all.

WCT: Does all this fuss over same-sex marriage in America seem rather odd to someone from Spain, where it's legal?

JB: I don't live in the United States, but I would hope there wouldn't be any controversy and everyone should just live and let live.


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Film 'Guys Reading Poems' out Feb. 20 2018-02-14
'Hollywood on State' Oscar party March 4 2018-02-14
SHOWBIZ Lin-Manuel Miranda, Roxane Gay, 'Wicked,' Britney Spears 2018-02-13
MOVIES HUMP Film festival celebrates amateur sex cinema 2018-02-07
LGBTQA TV/film critics announce Dorian winners 2018-02-07
NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Sebastian Lelio's 'Fantastic' project 2018-02-07
Chicago Filmmakers moves into new home 2018-02-07
SHOWBIZ Zachary Quinto, gay fitness model, Octavia Spencer, Streisand 2018-02-06
LGBTQA TV/film critics announce awardees 2018-02-02
Steppenwolf event features Sarah Paulson 2018-01-31
SHOWBIZ Ndegeocello, Meryl Streep, James Franco, Dolly Parton 2018-01-30
Chicago Filmmakers moves to renovated firehouse home 2018-01-30
Mountains that Take Wing screening by Dyke Delicious Feb. 10 2018-01-29
The Queens film on Miss Continental raises funds, support 2018-01-28
Transgender director makes Oscar history 2018-01-28
HUMP Film festival celebrates amateur sex cinema 2018-01-26
Pride Films and Plays top winner of 2017 Broadway World Chicago awards 2018-01-26
FILM REVIEW God's Own Country 2018-01-24
'Boystown, Season Eight' out Feb. 14 2018-01-24
SHOWBIZ Grammys, Pam Grier, Lee Daniels, Ryan Reynolds 2018-01-23
'Call Me By Your Name,' Dee Rees earn Oscar nods 2018-01-23
French hit I'm a Good Little Devil showing on Valentine's Day 2018-01-21
Documentary about Miss Continental pageant set to debut in Chicago 2018-01-21
Siskel showing three LGBT films 2018-01-17
SHOWBIZ Oprah & RuPaul, Well Strung, Obama film, 'Modern Family' 2018-01-16
Sarah Paulson to be honored at the Steppenwolf Women in Arts Luncheon Jan. 22 2018-01-10
SHOWBIZ NEWS Sarah Paulson, Amy Winehouse, EastSiders, gay EDM musician 2018-01-09
Steppenwolf to honor Sarah Paulson 2018-01-03
MOVIES 'Tom of Finland' film reveals the man behind the leather 2018-01-03
SHOWBIZ 'Time's Up,' Brad Goreski, 'Hamilton' actor, Kristin Chenoweth 2018-01-02
Showbiz: Zac Efron, Gaga, Rafael Nadal, Mariah, Maupin love triangle 2017-12-26
MOVIES Arnaud Valois talks 'BPM,' journalism 2017-12-26
Hedy Lamarr Story at Music Box Jan. 19 2017-12-22
MOVIES Box office 2017: Comics, beasts, emojis and more 2017-12-20
Chicago film office names filmmakers in residence 2017-12-20
BRUJOS, radical queer web series returns 2017-12-19
African American lesbian poet e. nina jay releases DVD 2017-12-15
'Don't Give Up' is Maggie Szabo's song dedicated to transgender youth 2017-12-15
A #MeToo moment: African American lesbian poet e. nina jay releases DVD 2017-12-15
Uganda Police Raid Queer Kampala Film Festival, Blocking LGBT Cultural Event 2017-12-15
 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Submit an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.