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Mexican actor and filmmaker Eugenio Derbez, has expressed his surprise at the success of his latest movie, "Instructions Not Included" in the U.S. box office, where it grossed $8.1 million in its opening week.
Beyond good results in the box office, the Mexican said he was excited that his directorial debut, a comedy in both Spanish and English, was taken into account to represent Mexico in the Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category, reported People en Español.
After confirming that his film is being considered to compete in the Goya Awards and the Academy Awards, the well-known Mexican comedian has commented that he feels honored to be considered for the Oscars. The consideration is big news for Derbez, and although his movie is still only in the selection process, inclusion on that list means an approval not just from the public, but from specialized critics.
"It's the dream of any filmmaker," Derbez told Televisa, according to Radio Formula.
"When I was 10 I told my mom: I want to tell stories, someday I want to be standing there being awarded for telling stories, and this is the most touching story I've told, and of course it would be an honor for me to represent my country," the actor said.
"Looking at the U.S. box office this week is impressive, nobody expected it, and they're historical figures, very high, with just 347 copies against 3500 of the other movies. I hope the figure keeps going higher," concluded the actor.
"Instructions Not Included," Derbez's cinematographic debut is based on a script the actor has had for over 12 years. However, it wasn't until recently that he was able to finance the project, People en Español revealed.