John Leguizamo and other Latino actors call out James Franco’s casting as Fidel Castro | CNN

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James Franco has reportedly been cast as Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, and many Latino actors are not happy.


Most notably, the prolific John Leguizamo, who recently voiced Bruno in Disney’s “Encanto,” slammed Franco. casting on instagram, Leguizamo argued that the role should have gone to a Latino actor instead.

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“How’s it still going?” Leguizamo asked on Friday. “How is Hollywood locking us out but at the same time stealing our narratives? No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! F’d it up! Also a seriously difficult story to tell without escalation, which would (would) be wrong! I don’t have a (problem) with Franco, but she’s not Latino!”

Franco is set to star as Castro in the upcoming “Alina of Cuba”, with production set to begin later this year. reports, The film follows the life of Castro’s daughter Alina Fernandez.

Leguizamo isn’t the only Latino star angry with the casting.

“WTF is this…” wrote actress Jess Darrow, who voiced Luisa Madrigal in “Encanto,” in response to Leguizamo’s post.

“I’m sorry, but what in the real f**k?” Actor Raul Castillo wrote in an Instagram story.

“I’m not reading that James Franco would have to ‘build up’ an accent for Castro when I’ve been made fun of for not speaking English like an American all my life and have been hardwired countless times to get rid of it.” have been asked to work hard…” wrote Actress Sol Rodriguez.

“I’m auditioning for another typical Latin-American drug dealer and James Franco is dead** playing Fidel Castro,” wrote the actor Jeff Torres on Twitter, “Latinos are getting ‘done dirty here and everywhere. Damn LOL.”

Latino representation in Hollywood has long lagged behind. According to a 2020 study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, only 5% of the speaking roles in the top 100 films of 2019 went to Latino actors, despite being 18% of the US population.

Franco also faced allegations of inappropriate and sexual abuse from five women in 2018, many of whom were his students. In 2021, in the wake of settling a class-action lawsuit, he admitted to sleeping with students from his co-owned acting school.

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