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As Luck Would Have It -- An out-of-work publicist who suffers an accident looks to sell the exclusive interview rights to the highest bidder in an attempt to provide for his family.


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Release Date:
13 January 2012 (Spain) See more »
An out-of-work publicist who suffers an accident looks to sell the exclusive interview rights to the highest bidder in an attempt to provide for his family. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

José Mota ... Roberto Gómez

Salma Hayek ... Luisa

Blanca Portillo ... Mercedes
Juan Luis Galiardo ... Alcalde
Fernando Tejero ... Johnny
Manuel Tallafé ... Claudio
Antonio Garrido ... Dr. Velasco

Carolina Bang ... Pilar Álvarez
Eduardo Casanova ... Lorenzo
Nerea Camacho ... Bárbara
Joaquín Climent ... Javier Gándara

Juanjo Puigcorbé ... Álvaro Aguirre

Antonio de la Torre ... Kiko Segura
José Manuel Cervino ... Presidente

Santiago Segura ... David Solar

Nacho Vigalondo ... Martín
Angie Paúl ... Agente Mujer (as Angie Paul)

Diego Calderón ... Asistente
María José Gil ... Tania
Cristina Alcázar ... Ana
Elvira Lomba ... Secretaria
Mila Natividad ... Recepcionista
Fernando Arenas ... Recepcionista Righthouse
Esther Munuera ... Teri

Javier Botet ... Indigente
Manuel Puchades ... Dr. Sanz
Marcos Ortiz ... Carlos ATS
Alberto Soto ... Toni ATS
Verónica Bermúdez ... Reportero 2
Fele Pastor ... Reportero 3
Ella Estrada ... Reportero 4 (as Elia Estrada)
Oskar Ramos ... Periodista 1 (as Oscar Ramos)
José Antonio Orta ... Jefe Bomberos
Melchiore Bila ... Técnico Rayos
Juan Jesús López ... Cámara Pilar
Ferran Gadea ... Guarda Jurado
Patricia Ledesma ... Chica Anuncio 'Chispa'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan Navarro Teniente Paterson
Lutgardo Fernández ... Publicista (uncredited)
Concha García Campoy ... Herself (uncredited)
Josto Maffeo ... Himself (uncredited)
Axier Raya ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Álex de la Iglesia  (as Alex de la Iglesia)
Writing credits
Randy Feldman (screenplay)

Álex de la Iglesia  adaptation (uncredited)

Produced by
Yousaf Bokhari .... line producer
Randy Feldman .... executive producer
Vérane Frédiani .... co-producer
Andrés Vicente Gómez .... producer
Marco Gómez .... co-producer
Jenette Kahn .... executive producer
Jennifer Kelly .... co-producer
Ximo Pérez .... producer
Franck Ribière .... co-producer
Adam Richman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joan Valent 
Cinematography by
Kiko de la Rica 
Art Direction by
José Luis Arrizabalaga  (as Jose Luis Arrizabalaga 'Arri')
Biaffra  (as Arturo Garcia 'Biaffra')
Makeup Department
Saray Rodríguez .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Mercedes Barbod .... production manager
Sheila Siguero .... co-production supervisor
Géraldine Polveroni .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Manuela Bellot .... third assistant director
Angela Ibañez .... assistant director
Angie Paúl .... second assistant director (as Angie Paul)
Art Department
Javier Escandell .... set dresser: Madrid (as Javier Escandel)
Francisco García García .... set dresser
Daniel Izar de la Fuente .... props
Paco Juez .... property master
Iván Marquerie .... set dresser (as Iván Marqueríe)
Sound Department
Manuel Carrión .... foley artist
Álvaro de Iscar .... pro tools operator
Álvaro de Iscar .... sound editor
Diego Garrido .... sound re-recording mixer
Mario González .... mixer assistant
Lionel Montabord .... sound mixer
Antonio Rodríguez 'Mármol' .... sound (as Antonio Rodriguez 'Marmol')
David Rodríguez .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Ángel Alonso .... special effects
Joaquín Vergara .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Manuel Barrero .... visual effects artist
Sergio Fernández .... motion graphics artist (as Sergio Fernandez)
Ricardo G. Elipe .... visual effects compositor
Juanjo González .... visual effects artist
Pedro Lara .... digital compositor
Sergio Paco Rubio .... visual effects producer
Francisco Palomares Pozas .... digital compositor
Óscar Perea Marcos .... digital compositor
Ferran Piquer .... visual effects supervisor
Miriam Piquer .... visual effects artist
José Miguel Zapata .... digital effects artist
Juan José Rodríguez .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jon Corcuera .... digital imaging supervisor
Julio Fernández Santa .... key grip (as Julio 'Santa' Fernández)
Lionel Garrote .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Raúl del Hoyo .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Raul del Hoyo)
Iñigo Iglesias .... digital imaging technician
Josu Inchaustegui .... camera "a" operator
Aarón López .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Almudena Melida .... video assist operator
Raúl Morales .... camera "b" operator
Imanol Nabea .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Thamar Pueyo .... video assist
Pau Reig .... second unit focus puller
Casting Department
Marcos Chanca .... casting coordinator
Jorge Guardado .... extras casting assistant
Yaël Moreno .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bárbara Delgado .... wardrobe assistant
Lutgardo Fernández .... costume illustrator
Editorial Department
Fran Amaro .... first assistant editor (as Francisco Amaro Gómez)
Victor Martos .... color timer
Music Department
Marc Blanes Matas .... score mixer
Marc Blanes Matas .... score recordist
Michael Doherty .... composer: additional music
Martin Roller .... score recording engineer
Pablo Uroz .... score mix assistant
Other crew
Francisco Amaro .... payroll clerk
Bianca Bezdek-Goodloe .... legal services (as Bianca Bezdek)
Laurent Boyé .... international publicist (as Laurent Boye)
Laurent Boyé .... publicist (as Laurent Boye)
Adam Callan .... assistant: Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman
Juan Antonio Clemente .... production assistant
Daniel de Andrés .... trainee production assistant: Cartagena
Karim Ferrero .... second production assistant: Madrid
Nerea Herrero .... trainee production assistant: Madrid
Montserrat Lobera .... script supervisor
David Lopez Arias .... production assistant (as David Lopezarias)
Eva G. Moreno .... trainee production assistant: Madrid
Raúl Orejón .... second production assistant: Madrid
Paula Pérez .... production coordinator
Ricardo Robles .... trainee production assistant: Cartagena
Luis Alberto Ros .... production resource
Manuel Ríos .... production resource
Sophie Saleyron .... press attache: France
Iván Soriano .... second production assistant: Cartagena
Berta Díaz García-Campoy .... thanks
Concha García Campoy .... thanks
Josto Maffeo .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"La chispa de la vida" - Spain (original title)
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Argentina:94 min
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Salma Hayek worked in the movie 18 days.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Day of the Beast (1995)See more »


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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Koka Kola, 1 September 2013
Author: valis1949 from United States

AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT (dir. Álex de la Iglesia) A weak Spanish satirical comedy about an unemployed advertising executive who suffers a horrific accident in which he falls at a construction site and is pierced through the skull by a piece of iron rebar, yet remains conscious during the entire ordeal. In the process of getting help he engages the service of a publicity agent, and attempts to exploit the situation for all it's worth. The film tries to make a philosophical statement about the nature of a society that would encourage or support such self-serving behavior, but the film doesn't take it far enough. This could have really been a powerful drama or a scathing black comedy, but just came off as a lackluster effort.

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