RIVIERA BEACH — It's a boat fit for Papa but it wasn't always that way.
Before the words 'Pilar' and 'Key West Fla' were inscribed on its stern in gleaming paint, before its entire structure was revamped and restored to exacting specifications, this stone-cold replica of Ernest Hemingway's fishing boat was a ship past its prime in New York state.
But that was then. Now, the boat is tied to a local marina dock awaiting its turn to star in the upcoming film 'Hemingway and Fuentes.' Featuring Anthony Hopkins as Hemingway and Andy Garcia as his fishing buddy Gregorio Fuentes, the movie will touch upon Hemingway's years in Cuba in the 1950s.
It was a pivotal time for Hemingway, who wrote the classic "The Old Man and the Sea" after befriending Fuentes. The two grew close and spent a lot of time fishing together on the Pilar, Hemingway's custom-made Wheeler Playmate Cabin Cruiser. Bought by the writer for $7,455 in 1934, the boat became a lifelong retreat for the author before his suicide in 1961.
"She is not only a boat but a main character in our film," Garcia said in a press release.
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