ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: USA: CASTRO FILM



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CASTRO FILM SET TO POKE FUN AT US INTELLIGENCE
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The farcical attempts by the CIA to assassinate Fidel Castro at the height of the Cold War form the unlikely inspiration behind a new comedy currently shooting in New York.

The making of `COMPANY MAN’ couldn’t be more timely, coinciding with the trial of four men in Havana for the attempted murder of the seemingly unassailable Cuban leader.

Written and co-directed by DOUGLAS McGRATH (`Emma’, `Bullets Over Broadway’), the film is a light-hearted take on the CIA’s campaign to kill Castro, eliminate the Communist threat and install a puppet regime in Cuba. In reality, the CIA’s strategy included such bizarre devices as exploding clam shells – designed to go off while Castro was swimming – poison pens and booby-trapped cigars, all of which means the filmmakers haven’t had to take much in the way of dramatic licence.

Centering on an intriguing leading man – part Inspector Clouseau, part Mr Bean – Company Man boasts a top notch cast, including JOHN TURTURRO, SIGOURNEY WEAVER as a 50s housewife, RYAN PHILLIPPE (Cruel Intentions, 54), ALAN CUMMING (as leader-in-waiting General Battista) and ANTHONY LAPAGLIA (Trees Lounge).

The film, which portrays Castro as a shameless publicity hound, is already generating strong buzz in the Big Apple and beyond. It’s released at the end of the year.

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