Despite the American actor being somehow banned from Hollywood films after the sexual allegations against him, James Franco is returning to the big screen since he has been cast as the former President of Cuba and leader Fidel Castro.
However, due to this news, James Franco is being slammed by other celebs and many fans because he is not exactly from Latin roots. In fact, as far as it is known, his father was of Portuguese and Swedish ancestry while his mother is from a family of Russian Jewish descent.
Directed by Miguel Badem, the movie which is titled Alina of Cuba will follow the life of Alina Fernandez, Castro's daughter. It is already in pre-production, but many Latin celebrities are already speaking against James Franco being cast in this film.
Most prominently, John Leguizamo who you recently heard him as Bruno in Encanto, shared a message saying that the one who portray Fidel Castro should have been Latin, or at least with Latin roots.
"How is this still going on?" Leguizamo asked in his message "How is Hollywood excluding us but stealing our narratives as well? No more appropriation of Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F'd up! Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement, which would (be) wrong! I don't got a (problem) with Franco but he ain't Latino!"
Jess Darrow, who voiced Luisa Madrigal in "Encanto," replied to Leguizamo's post with a brief but very enlightening thought. "Wtf is this...." she wrote. Actor Raul Castillo also shared "I'm sorry but what in the actual f**k?"
Actress Sol Rodriguez also shared a very interesting message addressing James Franco's accent. "Not me reading that James Franco will have to 'build' an accent for Castro when my entire life I've been made fun of for not speaking English like an American and been told countless times to work hard to get rid of it..."
After all these comments, a producer of the film revealed addressed Leguizamo's comment to The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
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According to the producer, instead of focusing on James Franco, we all should acknowledge that the film is about “a Latin female immigrant living in America who is of historical importance, led by a Latin woman .”