Eugenio Derbez is a massively successful Mexican writer, director and actor — just ask his 8.4 million Twitter followers — but if he had it his way he'd only be an actor. Luckily that's what he gets to do in "Miracles from Heaven," playing an in-demand pediatric specialist with a penchant for clowning around. He winds up tending towards a young girl (Kylie Rogers) who has a rare, incurable abdominal problem, at the behest of her harried mom (Jennifer Garner).
How were you first approached about this project?
It was through Patricia Riggen, the director, because we'd worked together. This is my third movie working with Patricia, and when she called me for this project she said, "You can't say no to this project. This is about a doctor who happens to be about your age, he is Mexican and he treats his patients with a lot of comedy."
Did you get much time with your real life counterpart?
Yeah. I mean, not enough probably as I would've liked. He was in Boston working. I did all my research through the Internet, and then we talked a lot through Skype about how he works with the kids, how he treated them and why he used all this comedy to get to them. He was telling me that usually when the kids arrive at the hospital, it's because they've been through a lot of pain and bad experiences already, so they are completely closed to any relationship with any doctor. So he started creating this technique to entertain kids before treating them so they would be more open to treatment.