‘He ain’t Latino!’ Actor John Leguizamo leads outrage over Fidel Castro casting choice

Actor John Leguizamo’s one-dimensional response of “He ain’t Latino!” after learning who had landed the role of the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in an upcoming film showed yet again how little facts matter to the woke victim class.

On Thursday, it was announced that the film “Alina of Cuba” which details the story of Alina Fernández, the anti-communist daughter of Castro and Natalia Revuelta, would feature Oscar nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner James Franco in the role of the Cuban revolutionary.

In learning of the decision, Leguizamo took to Instagram to rant against a “white” actor “stealing” the part from the Latino community.

“How is this still going on? How is Hollywood excluding us but stealing our narratives as well?” he asked, racking up over 17,000 likes since posting.


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“No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up! Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement which would b wrong!” he contended despite the story focusing on Fernández who so opposed her biological father’s regime that she was arrested multiple times and forbidden to leave Cuba until she finally defected to Spain in 1993, according to Deadline.

“I don’t got a prob with Franco but he ain’t Latino!” Leguizamo further went on before a chorus of similar outcry was heard from celebrities who agreed with the take.

Ana Navarro, co-host of “The View” replied directly to the actor’s post and wrote, “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 reason you articulated, I join you in the boycott.”

Actor Jeff Torres similarly lamented the casting decision and wrote, “I’m auditioning for another generic Latin-American drug dealer and James Franco is dead a** playing Fidel Castro. Latinos gettin’ done dirty af out here and everywhere. Damn lol.”

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Others joined in their raucous disapproval of Franco and the “aggrandizement” without checking the background of the actor whose father was of Portuguese decent. Furthermore, as lead producer John Martinez O’Felan explained to Deadline about the difficult mission to cast the dictator, “Finding and convincing James Franco to play Castro, was a fun and challenging process and has been the collaborative work of the universe, because our director’s original order was to find an actor who holds a close physical resemblance to the real Castro to build from, along with finding someone Alina Fernández would strongly endorse.”

In other words, this wasn’t Hollywood’s decision, it was up to Fernández who the film is about.

“To get there on such a tough look to cast, we used Fidel Castro’s ancient Galician heraldry as our focal compass, and then combed through the entire ranks of actors with Latin roots in Hollywood to find someone who has a similar facial structure. In executing a close search into our hopefuls through the eye of Spanish and Portuguese genealogy which the Galicians held, we found that James, by far, had the closest facial likeness of our Industry’s leading actors,” O’Felan went on, “meaning that the focus would be to build out his character accent and we’d have a stunning on-screen match to intrigue audiences and bring the story to life with true visual integrity.”

While many decried Leguizamo making the issue about race with one person writing in part, “…enough with the division and hate. You sound like just another racist idiot. Maybe worry more about the left coast war on Latinos withe their bullsh*t “LatinX” .. the Progressive redefining of an entire gender based language,” others took greater umbrage with the seeming pass that Franco was getting on allegations of sexual misconduct from his past.


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