- “Alina of Cuba” producer John Martinez O’Phelan has responded to actor John Leguizamo’s criticism.
- Leguizamo called for James Franco to be cast as Fidel Castro in the film on Instagram on Friday.
- In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, O’Phelan said Leguizamo’s comments were “culturally uneducated”.
The producer of “Alina of Cuba” responded to John Leguizamomo’s criticism of James Franco’s casting of Fidel Castro in the film, calling the actor’s comments a “blind attack without substance.”
Leguizamo, a prominent American-Colombian actor, invited the film and entertainment industry on Friday Instagram. After sharing a screenshot of Deadline essay Announcing that Franco would play the late Cuban revolutionary leader, Leguizamo called for a boycott of the film in the caption. According to IMDbAlina Cuba is currently in pre-production.
“How does this still happen? How does Hollywood exclude us but also steal our novels? No more grabbing Hollywood and banners! Boycott! This F’d up!” Leguizamo Books. “Plus a very difficult story to tell without amplification and that would be wrong! I don’t have a problem with Franco but he’s not Latin!”
Saturday, Leguizamo Share a video On Instagram, he confirmed that he had no issues with Franco and expanded on his experience as a Latino in the film industry.
“I grew up in an era when Latinos couldn’t play the Latin people in the movie,” he said in the video. “Grab our stories? No more than that. I’m done with that.”
in a long time Statement to The Hollywood Reporter On Friday, film producer John Martinez O’Villain said he respected Leguizamo but ultimately disagreed with his comments.
“A guy like John Leguizamo has been seen by Hispanics as one of the first Hispanic actors since the ’90s, and I’ve always admired him as an underdog. But his comments are culturally uneducated and blindly offensive without substance related to this project.”
He continued, “The truth of the piece of ignorance falls within his statement, which suggests his personal opinion of being a ‘Latin’, because the mass of the land or the living area does not determine a person’s blood history or genetics.”
O’Felan noted that Leguizamo’s comments were “a wonderful talking point” because they represent the identity crisis many Latinos and Hispanics face in Hollywood and America.
The producer, who also called himself “The Underdog,” said he was disappointed that Leguizamo had chosen to denounce the film rather than focus on the story it tells.
He said, “I think he should transcend himself and also acknowledge that this story is about a Latino immigrant living in America and has historical significance, led by a Latina woman…”.
Representatives for Franco, Leguizamo and Ovelan did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
“Alina Cuba” is based on the true story of Cuban activist Alina Fernandez who was discovered to be Castro’s daughter at the age of 10, THR reported. According to the Washington Post,Fernandez, who was highly critical of her father’s rule, was granted political asylum in the United States in 1993.
deadline reports Cuban-American actress Ana Villavigne will play Fernandez. Argentine actress Mia Maestro will play Natalia “Nati” Revuelta, Fernandez’s mother.
THR notes that Franco’s role as Castro is the first since the HBO show “The Deuce” and the 2019 movie “Artic Dogs”. In 2018, Franco was accused of sexual misconduct by several women online and in Los Angeles Times article. Insider’s Kelly McLaughlin and Jason Guerrasio reported in 2021 that the actor agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging he paid students to perform explicit sex scenes in his acting school, Studio 4.