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Demián Bichir opens up on Oliver Stone’s “Savages” and working with Taylor Kitsch


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The movie slate this summer is jam packed with action blockbusters and superhero sequels, but tucked away in the middle of them is Oliver Stone‘s latest crime-drama, “Savages.” The film follows two marijuana growers named Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) as they try to rescue their kidnapped shared girlfriend O (Blake Lively) from a Mexican drug cartel. It certainly isn’t the lightest of films, but it’s something we’ve been long looking forward to.

Spirit Award nominee Demián Bichir plays a character named Alex in the film, though little was known about his role. IFC caught up with the “A Better Life” star on the red carpet at the Spirit Awards on Saturday and asked him to share more about the role he plays in the movie.

“I play a whole different character from Fidel Castro [in ‘Che’] or Carlos Galindo in ‘A Better Life,'” he said with a laugh. “I play Salma Hayek‘s lawyer and it’s a wonderful film. It’s an amazing raw story and Oliver Stone is one of those directors that mark your life.”

It’s a big year for Kitsch, who also stars in the upcoming films “John Carter” and “Battleship.” Shouldering three major movie releases in one year is no easy burden for any actor, especially for one as relatively untried as Kitsch. But Bichir had no doubts that Kitsch would be able to pull off all of his roles.

“Taylor? That guy’s amazing. And Aaron Johnson and Blake Lively,” Bichir said. “They’re not only great actors, they’re beautiful people, and it was an honor to be close to them and work on those scenes with them.”

“Savages” is due in theaters on July 6. It also stars John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio del Toro and Emile Hirsch.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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