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Alina Of Cuba producer hits back at John Leguizamo's criticism of James Franco playing Fidel Castro

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The Alina Of Cuba producerJohn Martinez O'Felan is hitting back atJohn Leguizamo's criticism of the casting of James Franco as former Cuban President Fidel Castro,calling them 'culturally uneducated.'The film is based on the true-life story of Alina Fernandez, played by Ana Villafañe, a Cuban exile turned social advocate who learns she is Castro's daughter at age 10, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Franco is set to star oppositeMía Maestro, who playsNatalia 'Naty' Revuelta, a Cuban-born socialite who becomes romantically involved with Castro.

Casting controversy: The lead creative producer for Alina Of Cuba,John Martinez O'Felan, hit back at John Leguizamo's criticism of Franco being hired to play Fidel Castro, calling them'culturally uneducated'Leguizamo, a Colombian American actor, took to Instagram on Friday and fiercely condemned the choice for director Miguel Bardem's new film, calling it yet another example of cultural appropriation, considering Franco doesn't have Latin roots.'How is this still going on?

How is Hollywood excluding us but stealing our narratives as well?' saidLeguizamo, who has long been an advocate for the inclusion of Latin actors and their stories to be told on screen.

He continued, 'No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F'd up! Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement, which would be wrong!

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