John Leguizamo and different Latino actors name out James Franco casting as Fidel Castro

Most notably, the prolific John Leguizamo, who not too long ago voiced Bruno in Disney’s “Encanto,” blasted Franco’s casting on Instagram. Leguizamo argued that the position ought to have gone to a Latino actor as an alternative.

“How is this still going on?” Leguizamo requested on Friday. “How is Hollywood excluding us but stealing our narratives as well? No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up! Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement, which would (be) wrong! I don’t got a (problem) with Franco but he ain’t Latino!”

Franco is about to star as Castro within the upcoming “Alina of Cuba,” with manufacturing set to start out later this yr, per stories. The film follows the lifetime of Alina Fernandez, Castro’s daughter.

Leguizamo is not the one Latino star angered by the casting.

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

“I’m sorry but what in the actual f**k?” wrote actor Raúl Castillo in an Instagram story.

“Not me reading that James Franco will have to ‘build’ an accent for Castro, when my entire life I’ve been made fun of for not speaking English like an American and been told countless times to work hard to get rid of it…” wrote actress Sol Rodriguez.
“I’m auditioning for another generic Latin-American drug dealer and James Franco is dead a** playing Fidel Castro,” wrote actor Jeff Torres on Twitter. “Latinos gettin’ done dirty af out here and everywhere. Damn lol.”
Latino illustration has lengthy lagged in Hollywood. Regardless of making up 18% of the US inhabitants, solely 5% of the talking roles in 2019’s high 100 motion pictures went to Latino actors, in response to a 2020 research by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.
Franco additionally confronted allegations of inappropriate and sexually exploitive habits in 2018 from 5 girls, a number of of whom have been his college students. In 2021, within the wake of settling a class-action lawsuit, he admitted to sleeping with college students from the appearing college he co-owned.