There is at least one person who wants to see James Franco play Fidel Castro.
Alina Fernandez, daughter of the Cuban dictator who died in 2016, told Deadline that she supports Franco’s choice to play her father in the upcoming independent film “Alina de Cuba”.
“James Franco bears an obvious physical resemblance to Fidel Castro, in addition to his skills and charisma,” she told the publication.
Franco’s choice for the role sparked public outcry from some, including actor John Leguizamo, because Franco is not Latino.
“How is it possible that this is still happening? How does Hollywood exclude us but also steal our narratives?” posted Leguizamo on his verified Instagram account.
“No more Hollywood appropriation and streamers! Boycott! This is f***ing!” he wrote. “In addition to a very difficult story to tell without extolling, what would be wrong! I don’t have a problem with Franco, but he’s not Latino.”
The film tells the story of Fernandez, who was born as a result of a love affair between Cuban socialite Natalia “Naty” Revuelta and Castro.
“I’m sure Mía Maestro, an actress I admire, will understand and play Naty, my mother, in a unique way and I can’t wait to see her build her character,” Fernandez told Deadline.
“The project is almost entirely Latino, both in front of and behind the camera,” he added.
Source: CNN Brasil