Andy Garcia is 53 today. He’s been at it since the late ’70s, broke through in the mid ’80s (his role in Hal Ashby‘s Eight Million Ways to Die), has obviously made his bones. But he’ll never top this acting moment with Richard Gere in Internal Affairs (’90) — a scene that flashes through my head every time I think of him. It’s all the more remarkable because Gere’s doing most of the talking, and with great perverse charm. But Garcia owns it.

So which movie is Garcia directing first — Clemente or the Ernest Hemingway film? Items about both projects popped up within a two-day period late last month.