John Leguizamo outraged by non-Latino James Franco as Fidel Castro – Deadline

John Leguizamo thinks the casting of James Franco as Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro is not bueno.

That’s “not good,” for those of you who aren’t Latinos. Like Franco.

Deadline exclusively announced earlier this week that Franco, 44, will play Castro in the independent film Alina from Cuba. It spawned an Instagram blowout today from Leguizamo, who spoke out against having a non-Latino actor in the role.

“How is it still going? How does Hollywood exclude us but also steal our stories? No more Hollywood appropriation and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up! Moreover, a really difficult story to tell without enlargement, which would be wrong! »

He added: “I have no problem with Franco but he’s not a Latino!”

His comments hit a nerve, attracting 10,000 likes, including new ones View co-host Ana Navarro, who said she would join a boycott of the film.

“I would like to think that no Latin actor worth his salt would sign up to play and magnify a murderous dictator who terrorized the Cuban people for six decades,” Navarro wrote. “For the two reasons you have articulated, I join you in the boycott.”

Two-time Golden Globe winner Franco will team up with Imagen Award winner Mía Maestro, who plays Natalia “Naty” Revuelta, the Cuban-born socialite with whom he has a passionate love affair.

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They join previously announced actress Ana Villafañe who plays Alina Fernandez, aka Castro’s daughter.

The screenplay by Oscar-nominated scribe Jose Rivera (motorcycle journals) and Pulitzer Prize-winning Nilo Cruz follows the true story of a Cuban exile turned social rights activist,

The film is shot entirely on location in and around Cartagena and Bogota, with Colombia’s colonial Spanish architecture and design playing for Castro-era Havana, Cuba. The cameras roll on August 15.

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