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John Leguizamo accuses James Franco of playing Fidel Castro: ‘How is this still happening?’

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In some very odd casting news, Limit line reported that James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”), who was accused of sexual misconduct by five women in 2018, has been cast in the independent film “Alina of Cuba.” You’d think that was enough to raise an eyebrow, but there’s so much more to it. Franco’s role was that of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro. The news has been confirmed by Diversity, who also covered the backlash from co-star John Leguizamo (“Encanto,” “Moulin Rouge”).

Leguizamo spoke out against the casting on Instagram, saying:

“How is this still going? How does Hollywood exclude us and steal our stories? No more taking over Hollywood and broadcasters! Boycott! This happened! out! One more serious story hard to tell without aggravation, that would be wrong! I’m not wrong ‘no challenge with Franco but he’s not Latino!’

“Alina of Cuba” is directed by Miguel Bardem, from a screenplay written by José Rivera and Nilo Cruz. It is the story of Alina Fernández, the illegitimate daughter of Castro (played by Ana Villafañe) who was a critic of the Castro regime, and left Cuba for Spain in 1993. The real Alina Fernández, according to Deadline, is an on-set creator and a story consultant.

Deadline posted a quote from lead creative producer John Martinez O’Felan, who explains that casting Franco is all about how much dictator he looks like, and it’s for good reason.

‘Similar facial structure’

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O’Felan said that they wanted an actor who “had a close resemblance to the real Castro to build from” and that they also wanted Alina Fernández’s endorsement. It’s a long quote, but worth reading, and sighing sadly. He say:

“To achieve such a difficult look, we used Fidel Castro’s antique Galicia badge as our focal compass, then scoured the entire ranks of Latino actors in Hollywood to find someone with similar facial structure.

In doing a thorough search of our hopes through the Spanish and Portuguese genealogies held by the Galicians, we noticed that James had, so far, closely resembled the leading actors in our Industry, which means the focus will be on building the character’s voice and we’ll have a stunning on-screen match to engage the audience and bring the story to life with true full picture. Overall, to be able to work with such a supportive and enjoyable cast has been a real blessing for our team and project. “

So they can’t find not at all Latin actor for the role? Not one? You know, they have Facebook quizzes that tell you what celebrities you look like for free, right? Even that will probably produce better results. Sometimes indie films need a big name to thrive, but amid the actor’s legacy (Combination reports that Franco is 1/4 Portuguese) and the charges against him, it seems there might be a better choice there.

The cast also includes Alanna de la Rosa, María Cecilia Botero, Harding Junior, Sian Chiong and Rafael Ernesto Hernández.

“Alina of Cuba” began filming on August 15, 2022 in Cartagena and Bogota, Colombia.

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