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Michael Cera And Sebastian Silva Video Interview On 'Crystal Fairy'

07/05/2013

Michael Cera teams up with writer-director Sebastian Silva for his latest adventure comedy Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus. Cera plays a young man traveling in Chile who along with his friends, invite an eccentric women to join their quest of finding a psychedelic drug from the San Pedro cactus. “I think this kind of substances kind of help step out of yourself and like see things differently. So I highly recommend kids to take drugs,” Silvia told uInterview exclusively.

Cera moved to Chile and studied Spanish for the role. “We were going to go make this other film Magic Magic and then it just kept getting delayed so I ended up staying there a lot longer than I’d planned … and I can’t wait to go back. I think I have a lot of friends there now and it really feels like I have a second family there now,” Cera told uInterview.

The characters in the movie experiment with drugs. What do you think about drug experimentation? 
Q: The characters in the movie experiment with drugs. What do you think about drug experimentation? - Uinterview
A: SILVA: It'™s so important I mean to like develop somehow like a spiritual life or relationship with yourself that'€™s outside of like mundane experience right? And I feel that yeah if its you not buying into religion, which is really hard to nowadays. I think this kind of substances kind of help step out of yourself and like see things differently. So I highly recommend kids to take drugs. No but I'm not talking about cocaine or crystal meth, you know what I'€™m talking about its like, yeah [laughs] that kind of stuff. CERA: I don't know. The friends that I grew up with that have done drugs have been like really sad to watch. But [laughs] I've seen it get bad with people so. SILVA: I mean that's the thing, like drugs is such a broad term. And I think it's wrong to consider just I don't know mescaline a drug and putting it in the same bag as crack. Because it really takes you different places.
Did you enjoy living in chile and learning Spanish while filming the movie? Q: Did you enjoy living in chile and learning Spanish while filming the movie? - Riannan
A: That was a very strange three months and it was a real pleasure and a real special moment in my life. Sebastian’s family basically adopted me they were kind enough to take me into their home. And, you know, it wasn’t supposed to be three months that I was there, it was supposed to be there just one month and we were going to go make this other film Magic Magic and then it just kept getting delayed so I ended up staying there a lot longer than I’d planned… and I can't wait to go back. I think I have a lot of friends there now and it really feels like I have a second family there now.
Sebastián, where did your ideas for this script come from? 
Q: Sebastián, where did your ideas for this script come from? - Uinterview
A: SILVA: It’s something that actually happened. It’s based on true events, like 12 years ago, me and my best buddy, we wanted to go take this cactus in the desert and the night before we took off, I went to the Wailer’s concert and I ran into this woman that went by the name Crystal Fairy and she happened to be from San Francisco and [we] started smoking weed together. CERA: Crack? Didn’t you do a small amount of crack with her? (laughs) SILVA: Smoked a lot of crack [laughs]. No we smoked weed together and then, yeah, I got excited, she was fun and I invited her to come along with us and then she did. The entire movie is based on that experience.
How were the actors prepared to appear ‘under the influence’ in the final scene? 
Q: How were the actors prepared to appear ‘under the influence’ in the final scene? - Uinterview
A: CERA: Did that actually happen to you? [pointing to Silva] That panic attack? SILVA: Not to me, but it happened to the friend that I was with. It was not like a full on panic attack like the one in the movie, like he just got nervous about the amount of San Pedro we’d taken. He’s like ‘Did we take too much?’ And I’m like, ‘No, no it’s fine,’ and he’s like, ‘No we took too much right?’ and I was like ‘No man, it’s fine.’ He started to freak out and yeah I distracted him and I invited him to just jump in the ocean and that’s exactly what they do in the movie. CERA: It’s a good fix. SILVA: Yeah, it’s a good fix. It really distracts you; it’s really cold.
Sebastián, what was it like to work with your brothers on this film? 
Q: Sebastián, what was it like to work with your brothers on this film? - Uinterview
A: It’s good man. You can boss them around like crazy, no mercy, you can be so cruel and nobody can judge you. Like, ‘Hey step away, it’s my family I treat them however I want’ you know? Nobody can tell you to stop. CERA: Yeah, there’s no sad representative. SILVA: No it’s great. We really, really get along and they were having a great time. They never saw it coming. The way in the beginning I only wanted to cast one of them, but then it just made sense to have the three of them. They were great and I was so pleasantly surprised by their performance especially by the oldest one, Champa, like he’s never done anything, and he doesn’t want to be an actor. He’s never going to be probably be in a movie again, I don’t know, maybe, but it’s really not his thing. He did great, so charismatic.

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