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Andy Garcia wowed alcoholics with performance in When a Man Loves a Woman

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Jan 30, 2014 | 3:24pm EST

Andy Garcia once received a standing ovation from a group of recovering alcoholics over breakfast. The movie star reveals he is often recognised by fans of his 1994 film, When a Man Loves a Woman, in which he plays an airline pilot trying to come to terms with his wife's booze problems, and he really understood how important the Luis Mandoki movie was when he was trying to have a quiet meal in Hollywood. Appearing on U.S. late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday (29Jan14), Garcia recalled, "I went to have breakfast... and I walked into the restaurant and a group of people, like 30 people, stood up and started giving me an ovation. "I went over and said, 'Thank you very much, but keep it down...' They said, 'No, we are part of an Alcoholics Anonymous group and we all went to see the movie last night,' so they were responding to the film." Although he's terribly proud of the movie, in which he stars opposite Meg Ryan, Garcia can't understand why it has become such a hit, especially among women. He adds, "It's a tortuous movie to watch, really; it's a very emotional film... People... come up to you and they're kinda crying and they go, 'I've seen that movie 35 times!'"

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