Gael García Bernal is talking about Donald Trump, but he has a better reason than most of us. The 37-year-old Mozart in the Jungle actor is one of the biggest stars to emerge from Mexico, a target of the presidential candidate. His new thriller, Desierto, is about a militant American gunning down illegal border-crossing immigrants. And like many, Trump's left him completely depressed. The country he knows is a heated talking point.
"He's obsessed," he says about Trump's relationship to Mexico. "There's nothing more false than the United States being a victim of the world, or being a victim of Mexico. It's constructed on lies completely, and the whole world mocks that -- but at the same time, we're really worried about what the fuck is going to happen."
In Desierto, the debut feature from Jonás Cuarón (son of Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón), Bernal's political anxiety becomes a living nightmare. The actor plays Moises, a Mexican migrant worker making the trek across the US border to reunite with his wife and daughter. Standing in his way is Sam (The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a whiskey-sipping, gun-wielding American psycho with a vendetta against his neighbors to the south. When Moises and his fellow travelers enter Sam's crosshairs, the hunter starts picking them off one by one. It's "The Most Dangerous Game" with a timely (and horrific) twist.