Veteran director Garry Marshall and actor Hector Elizondo are not only loyal colleagues but great friends. The two met over thirty years ago when Marshall was about to start directing the film, Young Doctor’s In Love. They played a little basketball and it was then Marshall asked Elizondo to be in his movie. The rest is history.
Garry Marshall has directed eighteen films and Hector Elizondo is in every single one! In fact, Elizondo (the director’s ”lucky charm”) is written into all of Marshall’s contracts ”whether I want to do the movie or not,” the actor says, laughing during our recent interview for their latest collaboration, Mother’s Day.
Marshall has a knack for taking popular holidays and turning them into subjects for his last few movies. He turned Valentine’s Day into an all-star box-office hit in 2010, and one year later he struck gold again with an ensemble rom-com centered on New Year’s Eve. Now, the 81-year-old Marshall gives us “Mother’s Day,” a comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis, Margo Martindale and a host of other A-listers whose characters’ stories intersect amid their annual matriarchal celebrations.
Marshall — whose career began behind the scenes of such television hits as “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “Mork & Mindy” has a simple solution for staying young at heart. He says he loves to laugh and as long as keeps laughing he expects to be around for a very long time. The stars he works with in his films ( and keep coming back) absolutely adore him.
In our recent interview, Jennifer Aniston who stars in Mother’s Day calls Marshall, “a ray of sunshine. When the phone rings and it’s Garry Marshall you don’t even have to think about it, you just ask where and when should I show up.”
He also managed to get Julia Robert’s to star in Mother’s Day, knowing that the actress is choosier these days about the roles she takes on. He did have to lure her to Atlanta for the shoot — but the advantage of making ensemble holiday movies “means that nobody has to work too long.” Roberts was only on the set for approximately four days, but we do see a lot of her in “Mother’s Day.”
So why did Marshall want to tackle Mother’s Day for his latest film? The director sees the movie as a tribute to his own mother, whom he credits with bestowing a sense of humor in him and his siblings (actress/director Penny Marshall and former TV producer Ronny Hallin).
As for what’s next, Garry Marshall has hinted that once Anne Hathaway who recently gave birth to her first child is ready, he wants to start tackling Princess Diaries 3, and you can bet that his good pal Hector Elizondo will be right there beside him every step of the way.
Garry Marshall and Hector Elizondo sat down in Los Angeles for two separate interviews to discuss their long-time friendship and what Mother’s Day means to them.
The Complete List of Garry Marshal/Hector Elizondo Collaborations:
Mother’s Day (2016)
Pretty Woman (1990)
The Princess Diaries (2001)
Valentines Day (2010)
New Year’s Eve (2011)
The Princess Diaries 2:Royal Engagement (2004)
Raising Helen (2004)
Exit To Eden ( 1994)
Runaway Bride (1999)
The Other Sister (1999)
Georgia Rule ( 2007)
Dear God ( 1996)
Nothing In Common ( 1986)
The Flamingo Kid ( 1984)
Young Doctor’s In Love ( 1982)