A refurbished boat will star as Pilar in a new film called “Hemingway and Fuentes,” helmed by Anthony Hopkins as Papa and Andy Garcia as his fishing buddy Gregorio Fuentes, according to this story by the Sun Sentinel.
Above is the real Pilar, as it sits at Finca Vijia, the Cuban home of Hemingway.
The refurbished boat is 4-feet shorter than Pilar, and so everything was scaled down a bit to fit.
Slate recently posted this stellar breakdown of a get-well letter sent by three friends of the great writer during his convalescence after he received an injury while driving ambulance on the front lines in Italy during World War I.
I have been known to write a letter to my buddies back in Missoula. I’ll admit, it was only a letter. Perhaps I should rethink how I write my letters, as these men did.
Yes, alcohol is a main character in this story, but how could it not be among men responsible for saving lives in the War to end War?
And the fact that they characterized their friend based on something familiar and not at all menacing, as it would later become, speaks volumes about friendship.
The letter is a cheerful narrative of the three friends’ recent hijinks. In the salutation, the writers used a foaming mug of beer to represent Hemingway’s name (he was often called “Hemingstein”); clearly, these were men who shared Hemingway’s love for inebriation. Throughout the letter, alcohol plays a prominent part in their adventures.
As for me, I saved copies of these letters, and I’m going to spend some time trying to decipher them tonight.
“It is impossible to believe that anyone in his right mind could utter the vile, absolutely idiotic drivel he has broadcast. His friends who knew him and who watched the warpeing and twisting and decay of his mind and his judgement should defend him and explain him on that basis. It will be a completely unpopular but an absolutely necessary thing to do.”