Juno Temple, who plays Alicia in the movie, a young American vacationing outside of the United States for the first time who slowly unravels while staying in a remote area of Chile, admitted to The Hollywood Reporter that she herself struggled with culture shock at times while filming.
“It’s a daunting thing in itself to fly out somewhere that you are so out of touch with, like Lago Ranco where we were shooting,” Temple said. “It really feels like you have been plopped in a place where you have no idea how it works.”
The young British actress said she was able to work in such a foreign place with the help and support of her co-star, Michael Cera.
“Everything was different, it was crazy,” she said. “I think for me it was such a joy to have someone like [Cera] there, someone I had known for a while, a friendly face.”
Cera, known for his comical roles in movies like Superbad and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, takes on a more twisted character in Silva’s latest project. Originally written to be a Chilean, Cera asked Silva if he could play the role.
“I had read the script and the character I play was written as a Chilean person in the first draft and I talked to Sebastián and said could he be an American or could we put Chilean makeup on me,” Cera joked.
After convincing Silva to rework the role, Cera then took on the task of learning Chilean Spanish.
“I think I took it as an excuse to learn a language,” Cera said. “I went and lived with Sebastian’s family for a few months which was a pleasure, just studying there and practicing with them.”
Cera filmed a second movie with him while living at Silva’s home in Chile. Written and directed by Silva, Crystal Fairy made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, and follows a wild road trip into the Atacama Desert.
Magic, Magic debuted at the 2013 Cannes Festival and is set to hit theaters in the United States in January. Crystal Fairy will be in U.S. theaters July 12.