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Andy Garcia might shoot his next movie in Tampa

The movie was initially written to take place in Palm Springs, but the actor prefers Tampa because he has roots here.
Andy Garcia poses in New York in 2012. He is eyeing Tampa for his next movie.
Andy Garcia poses in New York in 2012. He is eyeing Tampa for his next movie. [ AP Photo/Charles Sykes ]
Published Oct. 19, 2020

TAMPA — He battled Danny Ocean in Las Vegas and Al Capone in Chicago.

Next up for actor Andy Garcia, whose more than 100 credits include Ocean’s Eleven and The Untouchables, might be a movie role that has him playing a detective who seeks to prove his innocence in Tampa.

The movie Garcia hopes to shoot in Tampa is titled Angel Eyes and could begin production by May if negotiations go well, Hillsborough County film commissioner Tyler Martinolich said.

“It is a great script, just as good as Chinatown” that won the 1975 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for Best Picture, Martinolich said. “They are interested in the Tampa Bay area and we are actively working to bring them here.”

The movie was initially written to take place in Palm Springs, but Garcia prefers Tampa because he has roots here, Martinolich said. Ancestors owned a business in Ybor City, and he is close friends with the Fuente cigar family that operates their business headquarters out of the Latin District.

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Garcia discussed the project and Tampa as a possible locale on Saturday during a new Filmmaker Speaker Series held via Zoom and produced by Hillsborough County’s film commission office. The series “is focused on connecting both aspiring and working film and digital media content creators with a national professional network,” according to its press release.

“Angel Eyes is a suspenseful tale set on Florida’s west coast,” reads the press release, and “follows a private detective as he navigates a web of deceit, corruption and murder as he tries to both solve the death of his beautiful and rich client, and absolve himself for the murder at the same time.”

Angel Eyes will both star and be produced by Garcia.

It was written by Richard Wenk, whose credits include The Expendables II and The Equalizer.

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