John Leguizamo was pretty blunt when Chris Pratt and Charlie Day were cast to voice Mario and Luigi on Illumination’s New Super Mario Bros. Movie. Now the casting of James Franco as Fidel Castro in the independent film Alina of Cuba has seen the actor express a similar opinion on his Instagram account.

Alina of Cuba follows the life of Alina Fernandez, the illegitimate daughter of the Cuban revolutionary who harshly criticized Castro’s time as leader of Cuba and eventually left the country to live in Spain in the early 1990s. It was directed by Miguel Bardem and written by Jose Rivera and Nilo Cruz. Along with Franco, Anna Villafane will play the title character and the film is slated to fire cameras on August 15.


Although Franco’s casting is being assisted by the real-life Alina Fernandez, Leguizamo clearly doesn’t think a non-Latin actor should play the role of one of the most recognizable figures in recent Latin American history. On his Instagram, the actor wrote:

“How’s that going to continue? How does Hollywood exclude us, but also steal our narratives? Stop appropriating Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up! Plus seriously difficult story to tell without exaggerating what would be wrong! I have no [problem] with Franco, but he’s not Latino!”

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John Leguizamo was an advocate of Latino representation in Hollywood.

Although his big break was playing an Italian plumber opposite Bob Hoskins in 1993 Super Mario Bros., John Leguizamo has enjoyed a long and varied career in Hollywood. For the last ten years he has been the voice of Sid the sloth in the ice age Movies appear in the first two John Wick Filming and last year the voice of Bruno in Disney’s smash hit Encanto. He has also spent considerable time advocating for the portrayal of Latinos in Hollywood films.

They also oppose the casting of so many white actors in the coming period Super Mario Bros. Animated film, Leguizamo previously commented on the proportion of Latino stories that are brought to the big screen in Hollywood, saying, “We make up less than 1% of the stories told by Hollywood and streaming media and networks while we nearly 20% of the population, 25% of the US box office. I just feel like it’s such a shame for kids not to see themselves reflected in a positive way.”

While Leguizamo may not be happy with the casting and the way Hollywood is currently going about its business, Netflix is ​​Marilyn Monroe film Blond stars Latino actress Ana de Armas, and by all fans and expectations, she is set to excel in the role. As Hollywood tries to encourage more color-blind casting, it seems the general controversy over casting actors in some roles is far from resolved for everyone.

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