At the movies

‘Turbo’ brothers Luis Guzman and Michael Peña a good team

 
 
Cast members, from left, Guzman, Michelle Rodriguez,Pena, Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Ken Jeong and Ben Schwartz attend the premiere of DreamWorks' "Turbo"
Cast members, from left, Guzman, Michelle Rodriguez,Pena, Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Ken Jeong and Ben Schwartz attend the premiere of DreamWorks' "Turbo"
Evan Agostini / Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

If the whole movie star thing doesn’t work out, Luis Guzman and Michael Peña may want to think about taking their act on the road. The character actors, who star (voice-wise) as brothers running a taco stand in snail-racing flick Turbo, played off each other like a sardonic Martin and Lewis at a recent press junket at the Mandarin-Oriental Hotel.

How did you guys prep for the roles?

MP: I did kind of a nasally thing with my voice. I was reading to my [5-year-old] son, putting him to sleep, and did Tito, and he kind of looked at me. He believed it.

LG: I just showed up, man. No really, I thought the storytelling was great: That you could be a small snail and still make it in this world. The animation, too. It was amazing what they did. They showed me a picture. Angelo really looked like me.

How was it working together?

MP: I don’t like this guy at all. In his contract he said that I couldn’t borrow his style. What does that even mean?

LG: [Turning to Peña]. I said that you couldn’t bite my style! I was surprised he took so much offense to it. But technically, we didn’t work together. In his dreams, baby! He was in L.A. I was in New York.

In the movie, your characters have a taco place. Can either of you cook?

MP: Oh yeah, I can burn whatever you want, whatever you want me to charcoal, I’ll do it.

LG: I’m a chef. I can cook anything, just give me the recipe. A taco is pretty easy. You just gotta warm up some tortillas, lay everything out: meat, lettuce, cheese...

.MP: Pickles and onions?

LG: Bro! Why are you talking?! You just said you burnt everything. No, pickles and onions will cost you more.

After getting mixed up with nitrous oxide, Turbo makes it to the Indianapolis 500. Ever been to that race?

MP: I was an honorary starter for the Indy 500, and I couldn’t believe my eyes. They start at 60 mph and come around progressively faster. 120, 180, then 240....Vroom, vroom! I think it’s a definite skill set.

LG: I haven’t been to Indy, but I went to the Atlantis Speedway. It’s like amazing how those guys can drive those cars and how fast they can go. Like little jets going by.

Did you play with garden snails when you were kids?

MP: I did. I had a big back yard growing up [in Chicago], and every time it rained, you’d see worms and snails. My son plays with them, too. He likes them and little roly pollies.

LG: I like them with a little butter and garlic.

MP: [Disgusted]. My son would be so mad right now.

Madeleine Marr

Read more People stories from the Miami Herald

  • The television scene

    ‘Game of Thrones’ stars visit Miami to talk fantasy

    When Game of Thrones hit HBO in 2011, readers of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series were easy converts. The violence, nudity and dragons quickly hooked the non-readers, too, helping the series pull in a record 6.6 million viewers for the Season 4 premiere last week.

  • Radar

    Hot stuff celebrities love

    Thin is in — always. Need a snack that isn't salt- or fat-filled? Nonni's ThinAddictives are a must for any health minded snacker's pantry or desk drawer. These wholesomely delish biscotti-like crunchers are way convenient, tidily wrapped in pre-portioned, 100-calorie freshness packs. Two new flavors, Banana Dark Chocolate and Blueberry Oat Almond, just got celebrity trainer/“Naked Fitness” author Andrea Metcalf’s A-OK. At Publix, Costco and www.nonnisfoods.com

  • Celebrity birthdays on April 20

    Actor George Takei is 77. Actor Ryan O’Neal is 73. Keyboardist Craig Frost of Grand Funk Railroad is 66. Actress Jessica Lange is 65. Actor Clint Howard is 55. Actor Crispin Glover is 50. Actor Andy Serkis is 50. Actress Carmen Electra is 42. Actor Joey Lawrence is 38. Multi-instrumentalist Clay Cook of the Zac Brown Band is 36.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category