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John Leguizamo slams James Franco’s casting as Fidel Castro: ‘He ain’t Latino’

News that James Franco is ready to play former Cuban president Fidel Castro in an upcoming movie has some in Hollywood riled up. (No, not due to his sexual misconduct allegations.)

Veteran actor John Leguizamo posted Deadline‘s casting information on Instagram, writing, “How is this still going on? How is Hollywood excluding us but stealing our narratives as well? No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott!”

Leguizamo, who was born in Bogotá, Colombia, known as the scenario “[f*****] up.”

John Leguizamo calls out Hollywood for excluding Latinos as James Franco is reportedly cast as Fidel Castro in upcoming movie. (Photos: Getty Images)

John Leguizamo calls out Hollywood for excluding Latinos as James Franco is reportedly forged as Fidel Castro in upcoming film. (Photos: Getty Images)

“Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement which would b wrong! I don’t got a prob with Franco but he ain’t Latino,” the Moulin Rouge! star added.

Newly appointed The View co-host Ana Navarro commented that she plans to boycott — for a lot of causes.

“I’d like to think no Latino actor worth their salt would sign up to play and aggrandize a murderous dictator who terrorized the people of Cuba for six decades. For both reasons you articulated, I join you in the boycott,” she wrote.

Miguel Bardem’s movie Alina of Cuba stars Ana Villafañe as Castro’s daughter, Alina Fernandez, and follows the true-life story of her Cuban exile. The screenplay is by Oscar-nominated author Jose Rivera and Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz.

This is certainly one of Franco’s first main casting bulletins since he was swept up within the #MeToo motion in 2018. In a uncommon interview in December, Franco admitted he used “fame like a lure,” however mentioned not all allegations have been true.


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