My friend’s new movie, ‘The Book of Life,’ is lush, hilarious (photos)

MariachisThe Book of Life opens today in theaters nationwide. This lush and hilarious Day of the Dead-inspired movie is by my friend Jorge Gutierrez and film giant Guillermo del Toro.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the flick’s “red carpet” premiere Sunday, and I had the time of my life. It was a “bucket list” experience, and I want to share some of the images and sounds from that morning of movie madness.

Highlights included photobombing the stars, taking a selfie with Diego Luna, and making Ice Cube snarl.

The other crazy thing that happened? This film is a breakthrough animated movie made by two Mexicans and I hope you all support this fun familia flick!

Kids will LOVE IT, and your eyes won’t believe the gorgeous hand-crafted look of the movie, the playful nature of the script and pochosonic soundtrack! Go see The Book of Life!

Here I am photobombing Guillermo del Toro, Jorge Gutierrez, Sandra Equihua and Ron Pereleman:


Ice Cube thrown’ some shade:


Actor Fabrizio Guido, writer-director Jorge Gutierrez, me, and Jorge’s muse character designer Sandra Equihua:

Me and Diego Luna; we were constantly being confused for each other:


With voice actor (and Reno 911 star) Carlos Alazraqui:


Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo:

Danny Trejo, Jorge and Sandra:

Yes, the carpet was actually red: