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John Leguizamo Criticizes James Franco’s Casting as Fidel Castro: ‘He’s Not Latino!’

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No thanks, Franco.

On Friday, John Leguizamo took to Instagram to call out the entertainment industry for casting another white actor in the role of an apparently non-white character. The rebuke followed news that James Franco would portray infamous Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in the upcoming film “Alina of Cuba”.

“How’s this still going? How is Hollywood ousting us but also stealing our narratives? No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers!” The “Encanto” star wrote about the decision to cast Franco, 44, who is of Jewish, Portuguese and Swedish descent.

“Boy out! It’s F’d up! Also it would be wrong to tell a seriously difficult story without upgrades!

“I don’t have a problem with Franco, but he’s not Latino!” The comedian concluded the “Spring Breakers” actor, whose reputation has also been linked to sexual harassment allegations, surfaced in the wake of #MeToo.

Leguizamo, 62, has been increasingly vocal about the representation of the Latino community in the media, especially Hollywood, over the years. In his 2018 Netflix standup special, “Latin History for Mores,” he combined the comedy with a legitimate history lesson — chalkboard and all — as he delved into the history of those natives of Latin America, as he announced, “Mayans at 1000 BC and then we have now.” … (read more)

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