John Leguizamo is calling for a boycott of the upcoming film Cuba’s AlinaWhen James Franco was reportedly cast as Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro.
encanto The star on Friday slammed the news on Instagram that “she’s not Latino!” The 62-year-old actor and comedian wonders how the Latinx community has remained invisible ever since Hollywood first entered the business.
“How’s it still going?” He asked, “How is Hollywood leaving us but also stealing our stories? No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! It’s f’d up! Plus it would be wrong to tell a seriously difficult story without an upgrade! Me Franco No problem with her but she’s not Latino!”
Cuba’s Alina Tells the story of Castro’s illegitimate daughter, Alina Fernandez, who was critical of Castro’s regime in Cuba. She would eventually move to Spain in the early 1990s. Ana Villafane is set to portray Fernandez, who supported Franco being cast as Castro. According to DiversityFernandez will serve as the on-set creative and biographical consultant.
Leguizamo, who admitted in January that he went to great lengths to land roles in Hollywood, wasn’t the only one who made the news issue. Top Gun: Maverick Actor Danny Ramirez also subtweet An article reporting the news and wrote, “What the f**k.”
Leguizamo explodes just days after telling Franco news Los Angeles Times That he can’t even break the glass ceiling of Hollywood because “it’s made of plexiglass and it’s bulletproof, and you can’t pass it.”
This is also not the first time that Leguizamo has destroyed a film for lack of representation. Almost a year earlier, Leguizamo criticized the reboot for its 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. Thin layer. those days, he tweeted“quite pleased #super mario bros Rebooting happening! Obviously this is iconic enuff. But too bad they all turned white! No Latinx in the Lead! Original color-blind casting in the original! Also I am the only one who knows how to make this film work as per the script!”
The animated film’s cast includes Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, Kevin Michael Richardson, Fred Armisen and Sebastian Maniscalco. Original Mario voice actor, Charles Martinet will also have a cameo in the film which is slated for a 2023 release.
Franco is far from the only actor in Hollywood who faced heat when he was cast as a Latinx man. Javier Bardem also received similar treatment when he was cast as Cuban-born Desi Arnaz Being Ricardo, Born in Bardem, Spain, back in a profile for those critics Hollywood Reporter,
“I’m an actor and that’s what I do for a living, try to be people I’m not,” he explained. “What do we do with Marlon Brando playing Vito Corleone? What do we do with Margaret Thatcher, played by Meryl Streep? Daniel Day-Lewis playing Lincoln? Why this conversation with people with accents? You have your accent. That’s where you are. It’s difficult.”
Cuba’s Alina Franco’s second film in so many months has come. Less than a month ago, it was announced that Franco was set to star in the coming-of-age drama me tuNearly four years after he stepped out of the limelight amid controversies.
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