EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Director Sebastian Silva and Michael Cera Talk 'Crystal Fairy'

Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:12
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Opening in theaters on July 12th is the new comedy Crystal Fairy from Chilean writer and director Sebastian Silva (The Maid). The film stars Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Gabby Hoffmann (Field of Dreams), and Silva's real life brothers Juan Andres Silva, Jose Miguel Silva, and Agustin Silva.  

IAR's very own New York Correspondent Jenny Karakaya had the pleasure of sitting down with Sebastian Silva and Michael Cera to talk about their work on Crystal Fairy. The filmmaker and popular actor discussed their new film, the real life person that it is based on, if she is aware that a movie about her has been made, San Pedro - the drug the film's plot revolves around, actually taking it while shooting on set, directing actress Gabby Hoffmann under it's influence, improvising, and their greatest fears in life. 

To watch our exclusive interview with writer/director Sebastian Silva and actor Michael Cera, please click on the video player above. 

As a special added bonus, IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick also had a chance to speak with actress Gabby Hoffmann about what it was like for her to appear in Crystal Fairy while on drugs. Here is what she had to say:

Gabby Hoffmann: "We talked about it a lot prior to it. I had no hesitation; I was like, ‘I want to do the drugs! I want to act on the drugs! I can do it, I know I can do it!’ Everybody else had some concerns, so we were going to spend a day just doing it and experiencing it. But then we decided that we didn’t couldn’t because we were short on time. So I was just the guinea pig because we shot that my day first. I had never taken that particular drug, but I was told it was similar to being on mushrooms, which was comfortable for me, and it was a very interesting experience. I definitely was high. I took two doses because the first one didn’t seem strong enough and I could really step in and out of the experience. I could have a conversation with Sebastian about what needed to happen and what my action was, even though he was staring at me going, ‘You’re so high.’ We could have a very lucid exchange. Then I could step into ‘the highness’ and the cameras would retreat. I could, like a tool, pick it up, put it on, step into it and get lost a little bit in it. But I was still very cognizant of where I was and what I was doing. I was never out of my mind. It was incredibly pleasant. It just made everything really pretty."


As Jamie (Cerra) travels in Chile, he invites an eccentric woman (Hoffmann) to join his group's quest to score a fabled hallucinogen, a move that finds him at odds with his new companion, until they drink the magic brew on a beach at the edge of the desert.

Crystal Fairy opens in theaters on July 12th. 

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