The curious case of John Leguizamo, Fidel Castro, and Latino Horror Vacui in Hollywood

The curious case of John Leguizamo, Fidel Castro, and Latino Horror Vacui in Hollywood

The curious case of John Leguizamo, Fidel Castro, and Latino Horror Vacui in Hollywood

John Leguizamo, the talented Colombian-born actor who at the time erred about his individual ancestry by proclaiming that he was Puerto Rican on his father’s facet (I ponder how his Colombian dad feels about that) and as soon as even carried the charade as the Puerto Rican Working day Parade International Ambassador of the Arts, has an challenge with the casting of the approaching Indie film “Alina of Cuba.”

Specifically with the casting of actor James Franco to enjoy the murderous Cuban dictator Fidel Castro Ruz. The not Puerto Rican actor writes in Instagram:

“How is Hollywood excluding us but thieving our narratives as well?” “No far more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F’d up! Additionally critically tough story to notify without having aggrandizement which would b wrong!” “I do not received a prob with Franco but he ain’t Latino!” 

The “boycott” was quickly joined in by these types of luminaries as Nicaraguan-American political strategist and commentator Ana Navarro, and the casting made fun of by Carolina A. Miranda, a definitely good and influential Wyoming-born Los Angeles Situations art critic.

Have not heard of any person of Cuban ancestry complaining… cough… cough…


Fidel Castro Ruz, recognised to a lot of Cubans as “La Bestia de Biran”, was born in 1926 out of wedlock in Biran, Cuba. He was the son of Ángel Castro y Argiz, an immigrant to Cuba from Galicia, the previous historic Celtic kingdom in the north of Spain, and Lina Ruz González, his Cuban-born maid who was the daughter of immigrants from Spain. 

That is Castro’s father to the suitable and his mom to the left down below.

Enjoyment fact: A large amount of Galicians remaining their rugged mountain villages in northern Spain and settled in Cuba in the early 1900s (including the two my paternal grandparents). 

So quite a few in simple fact, that Cubans routinely refer to all Spaniards, regardless of which location of Spain they appear from (Andalucia, Castille, Catalonia, and so on.) as “gallegos”, which I suspect pisses off most non-Galician Spaniards.  

In my practical experience, Galicians are a really clannish persons, have their individual language, customs, etc. and in Cuba even their personal neighborhood facilities, different from others. In Guantanamo, for instance, there made use of to be a Centro Español and a independent Centro Gallego.

Fidel Castro as a child with his siblings
Fidel Castro as a kid with his two of his four siblings

Back to the tempest of Franco getting cast to enjoy Castro in the movie and not becoming of Latino ancestry, having said that extensively and baffling that classification is.

Component of me understands that Leguizamo usually means well, but as often transpires when one particular is way too passionate about a debatable challenge, he mixes apples mangoes and oranges when building this argument.  Passion is an unforgivable mistress – witness my have conversion when I complained about a Spaniard (Javier Bardem) staying cast to enjoy a Santiaguero (Desi Arnaz) – for all the non-Cubans who have jumped into this Franco boycott: A Santiaguero is an individual from Santiago de Cuba, which is where Arnaz’s loved ones was from.

But distilled to the easiest fact:

  • Latinos really don’t get ample roles in Hollywood films
  • ALL, repeat, ALL roles wherever the subject is Latino, must be cast to a Latino/a actor
  • Latino/a actors will have to also be qualified to be solid to perform any and other roles irrespective of the racial or ethnic track record of the part
Are Leguizamo, Navarro, and Miranda hypocrites? Probably, but I do not assume so.  What I consider they are, is a mix of passionate dogma additionally misguided (it’s possible misfired) good intentions… the alleged Leguizamo trying to move for a boricua episode bothers me — type of like when H.G. Carrillo put in yrs passing as a Cuban.

Below are greater Campello procedures to accomplish the exact goal:

  • Latinos will not get sufficient roles in Hollywood films
  • Hollywood casting must be sensitive that Latino/a actors appear from every racial and ethnic qualifications and must be suitable to be forged to play any and all roles irrespective of the racial or ethnic track record of the position AND ought to make an hard work to increase Latino/a casting.
  • The casting ought to go to the very best actor for the purpose.

In this certain situation, some points which damage the Leguizamo effect:

Virtually completed… now for my have complaining: 

I am acquiring a tough time swallowing an Argentinean actress (Mia Maestro) enjoying a Cuban female (she plays Naty Revuelta Clews – Alina’s mother – which is Naty to the still left).
And Ana Villafañe (she plays Alina): I’m trying to keep my eye on you! You are only 50 percent Cuban! Cough… cough…

Campello out.