John Leguizamo is bored with the way in which his group is handled in Hollywood — and he’s talking out about this ridiculous casting!
In case you haven’t heard, Alina of Cuba: La Hija Rebelde (or Alina of Cuba: The Rebel Daughter), is an upcoming biopic centered on Fidel Castro’s daughter Alina Fernández. Shockingly, none apart from James Franco has reportedly been chosen to play the late Cuban president — and it simply doesn’t sit proper with the Encanto actor.
In an Instagram publish on Friday, Leguizamo SLAMMED the choice, calling it “F’d up” and demanding a “boycott”:
“How is this still going on? How is Hollywood excluding us but stealing our narratives as well? No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up!”
The 62-year-old went on to make clear he didn’t have an issue with Franco himself (although he in all probability ought to?), he has an issue with the actual fact a Latino individual wasn’t solid to play the famously CUBAN political determine:
“Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement which would b wrong! I don’t got a prob with Franco but he ain’t Latino!”
James is of Portuguese and Swedish descent on his father’s facet, and Russian Jewish descent on his mom’s facet. Would it actually have been too troublesome to discover a Latino actor to play the function as a substitute of going with the 127 Hours star? Not to say the 44-year-old is simply simply now trying to mount a return to Hollywood after some fairly disturbing sexual misconduct allegations. It simply looks like a nasty concept throughout, so why is it taking place within the first place…
See the Romeo & Juliet actor’s full publish (beneath):
In the previous, the Ice Age alum has been very outspoken about Latino illustration in Hollywood, so this undoubtedly isn’t his first time referring to the topic. In a 2020 interview with People, he stated:
“We’re less than 1% of the stories told by Hollywood and streaming media and networks when we’re almost 20% of the population, 25% of the U.S. box office. I just feel like it’s such a damage to kids not to see themselves reflected back in positive ways.”
So many non-white youngsters don’t get to see themselves mirrored on the massive display screen — and that’s a giant downside! Even MORE egregious, clearly, if the character is a POC — and the actor isn’t!
“When you see yourself represented, you feel validated. You feel like you have a chance. I think a lot of my career has been motivated by that.”
He added on the time how America has additionally failed to show Latin historical past and accomplishments, and the way that negatively impacts the Latino group as properly:
“Growing up in America, they don’t talk about Latin writers or teach Latin history or accomplishments. Negatively, that has an adverse effect on other communities looking at us, who don’t know what we’ve done.”
And now a part of the historical past of Cuba goes to be advised… with James Franco?!
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