James Franco has reportedly been cast as Fidel Castro and many Latino actors aren't happy

James Franco has reportedly been cast as Fidel Castro and many Latino actors aren't happy

By Alipate Narawa
Sunday 07/08/2022
[Photo: Deadline]

James Franco has reportedly been cast as Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, and many Latino actors aren't happy.

Most notably John Leguizamo, who argued that the role should have gone to a Latino actor instead.

"How is this still going on?" Leguizamo asked on Friday. "How is Hollywood excluding us but stealing our narratives as well?

Franco is set to star as Castro in the upcoming "Alina of Cuba," with production set to start later this year, per reports.

The movie follows the life of Alina Fernandez, Castro's daughter.

Leguizamo isn't the only Latino star angered by the casting.

Actress Sol Rodriguez commented that James Franco will have to build an accent for Castro, when her entire life she’s been made fun of for not speaking English like an American and been told countless times to work hard to get rid of it.

Franco also faced allegations of inappropriate and sexually exploitive behavior in 2018 from five women, several of whom were his students.

In 2021, in the wake of settling a class-action lawsuit, he admitted to sleeping with students from the acting school he co-owned.

Source: CNN



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