John Leguizamo outraged by non-Latino James Franco as Fidel Castro – Deadline

John Leguizamo thinks that the casting of James Franco as the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro is not a good one.

That’s not good for those of you who are not Latino. Like Frank.

Term broke the news exclusively earlier this week that Franco, 44, will play Castro in the independent film Alina of Cuba. That prompted an Instagram rash today from Leguizamo, who ranted against having a non-Latino actor in the role.

“How is this still going? How is it that Hollywood excludes us but also steals our narratives? No more Hollywood grabs and streamers! Boycott! It’s fucked! Plus a really hard story to tell without aggrandizement, which would be wrong!”

He added, “I have no problem with Franco, but he’s not Latino!”

His comments struck a nerve, attracting 10,000 likes, including new the view co-host Ana Navarro, who said she would join a boycott of the film.

“I would like to think that no self-respecting Latino actor would sign on to play and aggrandize a murderous dictator who terrorized the people of Cuba for six decades,” Navarro wrote. “For both of the reasons you articulated, I join you in the boycott.”

Franco, a two-time Golden Globe winner, will team up with Imagen Mía Award winner Maestro, who plays Natalia “Naty” Revuelta, the Cuban-born socialite with whom he has a passionate love affair.

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They join previously announced actress Ana Villafañe, who plays Alina Fernández, also known as Castro’s daughter.

The screenplay by Oscar-nominated scribe José Rivera (the motorcycle diaries) and Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz, follows the true story of Cuban exile turned social activist,

The film is being shot entirely on location in and around Cartagena and Bogotá, with the Spanish colonial architecture and design of Colombia playing off Castro-era Havana, Cuba. The cameras roll on August 15.

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