6 Caucasian actors who played Latino characters
Emma Stone's casting as a Hawaiian woman who is one-quarter Chinese in the upcoming film, "Aloha," has stirred up quite a bit of controversy. Many people are upset that Stone was cast for the role. Her Dutch, Swedish, English, Scottish, and Irish backgrounds in no way resemble that of a Hawaiian or Chinese person. "Aloha's" writer and director, Cameron Crowe apologized for his casting decision, but argued that the character was based on a real-life redhead who was part Asian.
Hollywood seems to have a blatant obsession with 'whitewashing' movies.
Just look at these 6 examples of Caucasians playing Latinos:
1) Anthony Hopkins as El Zorro in "The Mask of Zorro"
While Zorro was a made up character, his secret identity was Don Diego de la Vega. And yet, Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins was chosen to portray the Spanish outlaw.
2) Ethan Hawke as Nando Parrado in "Alive"
Fernando "Nando" Parrado is one of the sixteen Uruguayan survivors of the 1972 plane crash in the Chilean mountains. Ethan Hawke is an American actor from Austin, Texas.
3) Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in "Argo"
Antonio Joseph "Tony" Mendez is a retired American CIA technical operations officer of Mexican descent. Ben Affleck is an American actor from Berkeley, California.
4) Will Ferrell as Armando in "Casa de Mi Padre"
Casa de Mi Padre is clearly a film that meant to spoof the entire Latino culture. It says "From the Gringos who brought you 'Anchorman,' right on the movie poster. But that is an entirely different dilemma. Funny man Will Ferrel played Armando Álvarez in the style of an overly dramatic telenovela.
5) Catherine Zeta-Jones as Elena in "The Mask of Zorro"
Shockingly, Catherine Zeta-Jones isn't Latina! She's actually Welsh. Got to hand it to her for playing Elena De La Vega so beautifully.
6) Jack Black as Nacho in "Nacho Libre"
Another comedy in the style of "Casa de Mi Padre." Except in this film, Nacho was based on the story of Fray Tormenta, aka Rev. Sergio Gutiérrez Benítez, a real-life Mexican Catholic priest who had a 23-year career as a masked luchador.
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