The two were spotted the other night making out at Camden's Roadhouse club. We couldn’t believe it." There is something about these two - they can't seem to stay broken up.
I couldn't believe it - he was so strong on the screen.' Seven or so years on from his bartending days, a few hundred yards up Upper Street from Cuba Libre, the 26-year-old is sitting in a meeting-room in the Almeida Theatre's rehearsal space. There are mugs of Earl Grey and a pile of Danish pastries and croissants to help García Bernal get his brain in gear so early in the day.
Despite his virtually flawless English, the heartthrob's lyrical take on life leaves Craig Mc Lean charmed but a little confused The cocktail vete al averno, that was Gael García Bernal's speciality.
When it got to about 1.30 in the morning at Cuba Libre, situated on the main drinking drag in Islington, north London, the teenage Mexican barman would go to his 'secret stash' of vodka.
He lived all over north London, in Finsbury Park, Kilburn, Golders Green, Stoke Newington, Muswell Hill… The bar work, which started as fun but became boring. Pocket dynamo García Bernal - he says he's 170cm (5ft 7in) but looks shorter, broad, fit, a keen surfer and footballer - enjoyed the physical labour. When, the following year, the drama undergraduate made Y tu mamá también (And Your Mother Too), the ribald tale of two teenagers on a road trip with an older woman, he was on his way to becoming one of the most fêted, and intriguing, young actors around.'The first time I met Gael was in Madrid, when we were casting Y tu mamá también,' says Alfonso Cuarón, the film's director.
'I was waiting for him outside an underground station.