The man behind the movie: "Magic Mike" Medavoy pays it forward with The 33.

Author:Jordan, Judi
Position:Interview
 
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Mega producer Mike Medavoy's bronze star is appropriately located on Hollywood Boulevard's busiest spot, the coveted patch of pavement on the 6800 block where the costumed superheroes and legend look-alikes' congregate.

An integral and enduring part of Hollywood industry, Medavoy started at the bottom in 1964 and would go on to co-found Orion Pictures, Phoenix Pictures and lead TriStar Pictures as Chairman, overseeing or producing seven Oscar-winning films and seventeen Oscar nominations. Recipient of 22 professional awards, a half century later Medavoy indeed has something to show for all his years in the biz; his role in some 300 films as producer, studio head and agent helped create some of the most iconic films of the 20th century.

Some of the films he took part in are Amadeus, Raging Bull, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Network, Philadelphia, Dances with Wolves. Annie Hall, Silence of the lambs ... Apocalypse Now. Recent films in his producing portfolio include Black. Swan, Shutter Island, What to Expect When You're Expecting Zodiac, and The 33.

Born in Shanghai to a Russian mother and Ukrainian father, Medavoy experienced global life from an early age. He lived in Chile from age 6 to 16 and evidently harbors fond memories.

"I always wanted to make a movie in Chile."

His inner call to 'pay it forward' was answered when he heard the story of the 33 men trapped underground. He went to Chile, conversing with the miners directly with the assistance of author Hector Tobar who was writing the 'official' book.

Back in Hollywood, Medavoy hired a Latina--Patricia Riggen--to tell the story. Riggen admires Medavoy, who stuck by her when things got rough.

Medavoy made numerous trips to Chile in the years of development, writing and shooting of the epic story. According to Tobar, Medavoy was "very generous, and respectful of the miners." Medavoy kept in touch with them, and recently accompanied them to Rome where they met Pope Francis, who had seen the film, commending the men for "Giving the world hope."

LATINO LEADERS: It appear's that Mike Medavoy has respect for Latino storytellers and their abilities.

MIKE MEDAVOY: Hector and Patricia are both really accomplished in what they do. I'm really happy that Patricia is taking off in her career--I think she is deserving. This was, like all independent films, a very difficult film to put together. But...

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