Interview: Director Adrian Grunberg On GET THE GRINGO/HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION - Movies In Focus
Get The Gringo (also known as How I Spent My Summer Vacation in some international markets) has just been released on DVD and Blu-Ray following an interesting release pattern on DirecTV and VOD. The film has achieved good reviews (read ours), with many calling it a return to form for its star (and co-writer and producer) Mel Gibson. I spoke with the film’s director Adrian Grunberg , a former Assistant Director who is making his directorial debut with the film. Grunberg talks about working with Mel Gibson, as well as discussing what it’s like directing an old-fashioned action film in Mexico. Tell me about the genesis of the script. Were you attached to the film as a writer first or as a director? You say attached, which is a very industry word. This movie was not very industry like. I was offered the movie by Mel, in his office one day. He came to me and said I have this idea for a movie about a gringo in a Mexican prison and I think you should direct it, and I said awesome. A couple of months later we started getting together on a monthly basis to throw ideas around and [...]