There's something in this original journey these two young men took
that may be very pertinent for today's society. They believed that change
could occur. And we live in an age where everybody tries to tell you
that change cannot occur anymore.
You know, these are very conservative times. And maybe, maybe there's
a way to look at this in the complete reverse angle, that yes, utopia
is something that is reachable. It's not only a distant concept. It's
important not to live other people’s lives vicariously through
television, but to go on the road, and then to see for yourself, in
what kind of society we live. And these two kids, they had the courage
to jump on their bike and to experience something that they didn't know
of. And they changed, thanks to their sensibilities.
What was fascinating about The Motorcycle Diaries
to start with was the fact that it was not only a journey of self-discovery
but a journey about two young characters whose identities crystallize
when they enter in contact with a very specific social and political
Every single young man growing up in Latin America understands Che's
policy and what it meant, not only to the continent, but also to our
present history. And I knew how his ideals had reshaped my own continent.
I had an admiration for what he stood for. But I didn't understand his
whole journey. This trip, for instance, this first journey throughout
Latin America, was only published in 1993. Every young man who was born
in Latin America understands Che's personal odyssey. I mean, he's somebody
who fought for his ideals. He is somebody who had the integrity to say
what he believed in, and then to fight for what he said. Rare
are the political men who stand for that. Rarer today, even, than it
was in the '60s. He's a man that believed that change was necessary
and change could occur. And that utopia was not only a distant concept.
I first saw Gael García Bernal in Amores
Perros and I was very, very impressed, by not only his versatility
as an actor, but also by how internal his performance was. It's very
rare in young actors who tend sometimes to be a little bit larger than
life, you know, in their ways of interpreting a character. Gael, in
the opposite, was, at the same time, extremely expressive and economical.
I think he is very simply one of the most talented actors I've ever
worked with. Not only the best actor of his generation, he's more than
that. He's got the soulfulness, the density that was required for this.
Not only the talent, but also this richness in his own soul that was
really fundamental to play this character.