The Alina Of Cuba manufacturer John Martinez O’Felan is hitting again at John Leguizamo’s grievance of the casting of James Franco as former Cuban President Fidel Castro, calling them ‘culturally uneducated.’
The movie is according to the true-life tale of Alina Fernandez, performed via Ana Villafañe, a Cuban exile grew to become social recommend who learns she is Castro’s daughter at age 10, in keeping with The Hollywood Reporter.
Franco is about to famous person reverse Mía Maestro, who performs Natalia ‘Naty’ Revuelta, a Cuban-born socialite who turns into romantically concerned with Castro.
Casting controversy: The lead ingenious manufacturer for Alina Of Cuba, John Martinez O’Felan, hit again at John Leguizamo’s grievance of Franco being employed to play Fidel Castro, calling them ‘culturally uneducated’
Leguizamo, a Colombian American actor, took to Instagram on Friday and fiercely condemned the selection for director Miguel Bardem’s new movie, calling it but every other instance of cultural appropriation, bearing in mind Franco does not have Latin roots.
‘How is that this nonetheless occurring? How is Hollywood with the exception of us however stealing our narratives as neatly?’ mentioned Leguizamo, who has lengthy been an recommend for the inclusion of Latin actors and their tales to be informed on display.
He persisted, ‘No extra appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up! Plus critically tricky tale to inform with out aggrandizement, which might be flawed! I do not were given a [problem] with Franco however he ain’t Latino!’
While prefacing he admires Leguizamo, manufacturer John Martinez O’Felan hit again at his feedback about Franco being employed to play a Latino.
His take: Leguizamo, 62, accused the crew in the back of Alina Of Cuba of ‘with the exception of’ Latino’s whilst ‘stealing our narrative’ after which known as on other people to boycott the biopic
‘A man like John Leguizamo has traditionally been appeared as much as via Hispanics as one in every of America’s earliest actors of Latin descent because the 90s and I’ve at all times admired him as a fellow underdog. But his feedback are culturally uneducated and a blind assault with 0 substance associated with this undertaking,’ he mentioned.
‘The truth of the lack of knowledge piece falls inside of his remark suggesting his non-public view on being “Latino,” as a result of a land mass or dwelling space does now not resolve an individual’s blood historical past or genetics,’ O’Felan persisted.
O’Felan went on to name Leguizamo’s notice is ‘an ideal speaking level as a result of they constitute the similar confusion and id disaster in Hollywood presently throughout the Hispanic neighborhood in America who’re arguing that we will have to simplest determine as Latin, which is most commonly on account of the falsehoods being unfold via the actors who are meant to be representing us, however as an alternative create department among their very own other people.’
Fighting again: While providing his admiration for Leguizamo in reaction, manufacturer John Martinez O’Felan went on to name his feedback ‘culturally uneducated and a blind assault with 0 substance associated with this undertaking,’ in an interview with THR; observed in March in Hollywood
According to Collider, Franco’s casting got here after an intensive seek to seek out the most productive conceivable bodily are compatible to play Castro top-of-the-line actors within the business, and used to be immediately licensed via Fernandez.
Franco is of Portuguese and Swedish descent on his father’s facet, and Russian Jewish descent on his mom’s facet.
‘Finding and convincing James Franco to play Castro, used to be a a laugh and difficult procedure and has been the collaborative paintings of the universe, as a result of our director’s unique order used to be to seek out an actor who holds a detailed bodily resemblance to the genuine Castro to construct from, along side discovering any individual Alina Fernandez would strongly endorse,’ O’Felan defined.
He went on to show that they used ‘Fidel Castro’s historical Galician heraldry’ as their focal compass, after which combed in the course of the lengthy listing of actors with Latin roots in Hollywood to seek out any individual with a equivalent facial construction.
‘In executing a detailed seek into our hopefuls in the course of the eye of Spanish and Portuguese family tree which the Galicians held, we discovered that James, via a ways, had the nearest facial likeness of our Industry’s main actors,’ the movie’s lead ingenious manufacturer printed.
Casting seek: Franco’s casting got here after an intensive seek to seek out the most productive conceivable bodily are compatible to play Castro top-of-the-line actors within the business, and used to be immediately licensed via Alina Fernandez, the real-life lady for which the movie is primarily based upon for, O’Felan added
In conclusion, the manufacturer made some degree of singling out that film does not center of attention on Franco’s personality.
‘I believe he will have to transfer previous himself and in addition recognize that this tale is ready a Latin feminine immigrant dwelling in America who’s of ancient significance, led via a Latin lady and I’m simply an underdog who’s making it, so he will have to additionally remember that it is more or less disappointing to peer our paintings getting attacked via any individual who claims to be a pacesetter of the Latin neighborhood,’ O’Felan added.
Set to be directed via Miguel Bardem and according to a script written via Jose Rivera and Nilo Cruz, the solid additionally contains Alanna de l. a. Rosa, Maria Cecilia Botero, Harding Junior, Sian Chiong and Rafael Ernesto Hernandez.
Filming for Alina Of Cuba is slated to start out on August 15.