James Franco forged as Fidel Castro

James Franco has been forged as many issues lately offscreen, however now the Golden Globe winner is getting into the position of former Cuban chief Fidel Castro.

On Thursday, Deadline reported that Franco would play the extremely controversial determine in Miguel Bardem’s movie “Alina of Cuba.” The film will middle across the lifetime of Alina Fernandez (Ana Villafañe), who was Castro’s daughter with Cuban socialite Natalia “Naty” Revuelta (Mía Maestro) and a detractor of her father’s governing.

The casting comes a month after Franco received a job in Bille August’s upcoming post-World Struggle II movie “Me, You,” his first public position announcement since a proposed settlement of $2.2 million was reached between Franco and two of his former college students to settle sexual exploitation and fraud claims in 2021.

At the moment, neither movie has a launch date.

The roles are a comeback of types for the actor, who has not appeared onscreen since 2019.

His casting as Castro was controversial as a result of actor’s sexual misconduct allegations and the truth that Franco isn’t of Cuban or Latino descent.

In 2018, 5 ladies accused Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative conduct. 4 of the ladies had been his college students on the movie college he based and the fifth referred to him as a “mentor.”

One of many ladies, Sarah Tither-Kaplan, instructed The Instances that in a nude orgy scene she filmed with Franco and several other ladies, he eliminated protecting plastic guards masking different actors’’ vaginas whereas simulating oral intercourse on them.

“I feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting noncelebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable,” Tither-Kaplan instructed The Instances in 2018.

Two different scholar actresses additionally recalled detrimental on-set experiences, saying Franco grew to become offended when no ladies, whereas at a shoot, would comply with be topless.

“He just took advantage of our eagerness to work and be a part of something bigger,” mentioned Natalie Chmiel, a former scholar of the actor. “We were all these up-and-coming actors who were so hopeful.”

In an interview with Jess Cagle on SiriusXM in December 2021, the “The Disaster Artist” actor admitted he “did sleep with students” in his movie lessons.

“Of course, I knew … that’s probably not a cool thing,” Franco mentioned. “I guess it just comes down to my criteria, [which] was like, ‘If this is consensual, I think it’s cool. We’re all adults, so…’”

John Martinez O’Felan, one of many “Alina of Cuba” producers, make clear the casting determination in a current assertion to Deadline.

“Finding and convincing James Franco to play Castro was a fun and challenging process and has been the collaborative work of the universe, because our director’s original order was to find an actor who holds a close physical resemblance to the real Castro to build from, along with finding someone Alina Fernandez would strongly endorse.”


Martinez O’Felan additionally talked concerning the determination to go along with Franco regardless of his lack of a Latino background.

“[W]e used Fidel Castro’s ancient Galician heraldry as our focal compass, and then combed through the entire ranks of actors with Latin roots in Hollywood to find someone who has a similar facial structure,” the producer said in the statement.

“In executing a close search into our hopefuls through the eye of Spanish and Portuguese genealogy which the Galicians held, we found that James, by far, had the closest facial likeness of our industry’s leading actors, meaning that the focus would be to build out his character accent and we’d have a stunning on-screen match to intrigue audiences and bring the story to life with true visual integrity.”

Folks online had much to say about Franco’s new role with actor John Leguizamo expressing his disbelief and frustration with the casting Friday morning on Instagram.

“How is this still going on? How is Hollywood excluding us but stealing our narratives as well? No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers!” the Colombian American actor wrote. “Boycott! This F’d up! 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!”

Others on Twitter expressed similar sentiments.

“I’m auditioning for another generic Latin-American drug dealer and James Franco is dead ass playing Fidel Castro,” tweeted @iamJeffTorres. “Latinos gettin’ done dirty af out here and everywhere. Damn lol.”

“Gordita Chronicles (starring a Latino family was canceled), Batgirl (starring a Latina was canceled), but James Franco is set to play Fidel Castro in new movie,” wrote @MrRafaelAgustin.

“I’m so confused by the disrespect the industry continues to give Latine performers,” tweeted @RuizaJenni. “Now James Franco has been cast as Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro, everyone.”