James Franco has reportedly been solid as Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, and plenty of Latino actors aren’t joyful.
Most notably, the prolific John Leguizamo, who lately 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 a substitute.
“How is that this nonetheless occurring?” Leguizamo requested on Friday. “How is Hollywood excluding us however stealing our narratives as nicely? No extra appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up! Plus significantly tough story to inform with out aggrandizement, which might (be) fallacious! I don’t acquired a (downside) with Franco however he ain’t Latino!”
Franco is about to star as Castro within the upcoming “Alina of Cuba,” with manufacturing set to begin later this yr, per reports. The film follows the lifetime of Alina Fernandez, Castro’s daughter.
Leguizamo isn’t the one Latino star angered by the casting.
“Wtf is that this….” wrote actress Jess Darrow, who voiced Luisa Madrigal in “Encanto,” in response to Leguizamo’s submit.
“I’m sorry however what within the precise f**ok?” wrote actor Raúl Castillo in an Instagram story.
“Not me studying that James Franco must ‘construct’ an accent for Castro, when my whole life I’ve been made enjoyable of for not talking English like an American and been advised numerous occasions to work laborious to eliminate it…” wrote actress Sol Rodriguez.
“I’m auditioning for one more generic Latin-American drug vendor and James Franco is lifeless a** taking part in Fidel Castro,” wrote actor Jeff Torres on Twitter. “Latinos gettin’ completed soiled af out right here and in all places. Rattling 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 prime 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 conduct 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 students from the appearing college he co-owned.