Most notably, the prolific John Leguizamo, who just lately voiced Bruno in Disney’s “Encanto,” blasted Franco’s casting on Instagram
. Leguizamo argued that the position ought to have gone to a Latino actor as a substitute.
“How is that this nonetheless happening?” Leguizamo requested on Friday. “How is Hollywood excluding us however stealing our narratives as effectively? No extra appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up! Plus significantly tough story to inform with out aggrandizement, which might (be) improper! I do not obtained a (downside) with Franco however he ain’t Latino!”
Franco is ready to star as Castro within the upcoming “Alina of Cuba,” with manufacturing set to start out later this yr, per reports
. The film follows the lifetime of Alina Fernandez, Castro’s daughter.
Leguizamo is not the one Latino star angered by the casting.
“Wtf is that this….” wrote actress Jess Darrow, who voiced Luisa Madrigal in “Encanto,” in response to Leguizamo’s publish.
“I am sorry however what within the precise f**ok?” wrote actor Raúl Castillo in an Instagram story.
“Not me studying that James Franco must ‘construct’ an accent for Castro, when my whole life I have been made enjoyable of for not talking English like an American and been instructed numerous instances to work laborious to eliminate it…” wrote actress Sol Rodriguez.
“I am auditioning for an additional generic Latin-American drug seller and James Franco is useless a** taking part in Fidel Castro,” wrote actor Jeff Torres on Twitter
. “Latinos gettin’ completed soiled af out right here and in all places. Rattling lol.”
Latino illustration has lengthy lagged in Hollywood. Regardless of making up 18% of the US inhabitants, solely 5% of the talking roles in 2019’s prime 100 films went to Latino actors, in line with a 2020 examine by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.
Franco additionally confronted allegations of inappropriate and sexually exploitive habits in 2018
from 5 girls, a number of of whom have been his college students. In 2021, within the wake of settling a class-action lawsuit, he admitted to sleeping with students
from the appearing college he co-owned.