TODAY | January 21, 2014
>>> as an actor, but the do it all man is a director, producer and grammy-winning composer.
>> in his newest film "at middleton" he produced and played a part as a heart surgeon .
>> his character learns a few life lessons along the way. good morning.
>> good morning.
>> it's great to see you. and what attracted you to this script? it's kind of a departure for you.
>> the quality of the material was beautiful, beautifully constructed story about two parents who meet on a college tour with their kids and the kids don't want them around, of course. leave me alone . and they kind of, you know, they kind of hook up. start a little adversary. but by the end of the day , they've had the most special day of their life and have to make a decision what to do at the end of the day .
>> because they're both married.
>> i was going to ask you about that. how did you feel about this character personally? because, yes, it's a beautiful sort of budding love story , but they are both married.
>> yeah. you know, it's -- you can tell there's some -- their marriages have been coasting a little bit over the years and they just find -- it's not intentional they want to -- looking for somebody. they just happen to find kind of their soul mate . and the most important decision of their life they have to make that afternoon at the end of the day .
>> you've been married for 30er y years and you got to work with your daughter in this movie.
>> yeah. that was during the clip, yeah.
>> and she also got to work with her sister. which is fantastic. how do you -- what's your secret for a long and successful marriage?
>> well, you know, first of all, i found that girl, that happened to me when i met my wife and proposed to her the first day i saw her, you know.
>> oh, my gosh.
>> love at first sight .
>> yeah, it was. you channel that and, you know, i think there's a commitment to that. to her and to each other and to your family, to your kids. kind of like a religion, you know.
>> and there's a scene where you're smoking pot with your daughter. just curious, was that a little awkward? how did that work?
>> no, it wasn't.
>> was it familiar?
>> no, it was not familiar.
>> talk about me.
>> i don't know.
>> it was not familiar, but it was a real part , you know. we didn't have the budget for that.
>> and it wasn't shot in colorado.
>> it wasn't shot in colorado, no. it was spokane, washington, doubling for an eastern college.
>> do you like making this kind of movie? you've done so much big budget, people have seen "untouchable" and the ocean movies.
>> there's a freedom in that. you know, because nobody cares what you're doing. you're out there on your own.
>> you don't even know if there's film in the camera.
>> people who are there are there for a particular reason to be there for that movie.
>> so there's, you know, and usually some of the best material out there comes from the independent cinema . you see it every year in the oscars. the movies, they win you the academy award for best picture sometimes or independent film .
>> so you go where the material is. if there's a big budget thing that comes your way, that's fine, if not, you go where your heart is. we raise the money, the writer/director who are here off camera somewhere. and we raised the money for this movie and, you know, from scratch.
>> the passion and love shows on camera.
>> and in the suit.
>> my winter suit.
>> i know.
>> only andy garcia could pull that off. so great to see you. "at middleton" will be available on demand january