The Associated Press reports that "Papa" director Bob Yari and his cast and crew could be found recently filming a gun battle outside Havana's Government Palace.
"It was an absolute passion to actually make it in Cuba where everything that is in the script happened, where the finca [farm] is where [Hemingway] lived, where his boat was, all the spots from the Morro Castle to Cojimar where he fished," said Yari, who was a producer of the Academy Award-winning "Crash." "It's all here, so trying to duplicate it somewhere else was not very appealing."
The Cuban portion of the shoot wrapped up this past weekend.
The United States has imposed a trade embargo on Cuba’s communist regime for four decades and past films set on the island, such as “
Adrian Sparks, a veteran stage and film actor who plays Hemingway in the movie, said he had never before visited Cuba. "I grew up with this image of this evil, dark country somewhere in the mist," Sparks says in an AP video. "To be here is to realize what an exquisitely beautiful country this is."
Hemingway lived in Cuba from 1939 to 1960 and wrote "The Old Man and the Sea" there. The filmmakers were granted an exemption to the embargo by the