After John Leguizamo slammed the casting of “non-Latino” James Franco as Fidel Castro within the recently-announced Alina of Cuba, producer Martinez O’Felan implored the Colombia-born actor to broaden his definition of Latino.
“A guy like John Leguizamo has historically been looked up to by Hispanics as one of America’s earliest actors of Latin descent since the 90s and I’ve always admired him as a fellow underdog. But his comments are culturally uneducated and a blind attack with zero substance related to this project.
The reality of the ignorance piece falls within his statement suggesting his personal view on being ‘Latino,’ because a land mass or living area does not determine a person’s blood history or genetics.”
Moreover, O’Felan emphasised in a press release to The Hollywood Reporter that the movie isn’t about Fidel. It’s about his daughter, Alina Fernández, whose distinctive story is being decentered over Leguizamo’s criticism of a secondary casting choice that Alina ostensibly helps:
“I think he should move past himself and also acknowledge that this story is about a Latin female immigrant living in America who is of historical importance, led by a Latin woman and I’m just an underdog who is making it, so he should also understand that it’s kind of disappointing to see our work getting attacked by someone who claims to be a leader of the Latin community.”
O’Felan isn’t the one particular person feeling defensive about Franco taking part in Castro. Fans have famous that Franco and Castro descend from neighboring international locations in Europe (Portugal and Spain, respectively). Further, they’ve thwarted accusations of “whitewashing” by stating that “Latino” shouldn’t be a race, provided that, amongst others, there are black Latinos, indigenous Latinos, and white Latinos. Castro would have possible fallen into the final of these classes; Malcolm X known as him “the only white person that I have really liked.”
Finally, they’ve criticized Hollywood’s ethnic purity commonplace as being unethical and untenable, for Leguizamo would himself fail for having performed characters who’re Asian and European (to not point out girls).
There’s no launch date for Alina of Cuba, but when John of Colombia has it his manner, the movie will die throughout manufacturing, or be with out James of America.