EXCLUSIVE: Cantinflas relatives opposed to casting Oscar Jaenada
As reported on HollywoodNews.com, Jaenada — who has a part in this weekend’s action thriller “The Losers” with Zoe Saldana — beat out John Leguizamo and Diego Luna for the role. But as was mentioned on the Web site Showbiz Café, the notion of hiring a Spanish actor to play a Mexican icon has caused hostility.
“My family is very disappointed by the decision this director has made about choosing a Spanish (actor) to play my uncle’s bio,” said Carlo Moreno, nephew of Cantinflas, in an e-mail sent exclusively to HollywoodNews.com.
“My uncle was Mexican all the way, as many fans are starting to be very disappointed by not choosing a Mexican actor to play his part. We do not approve of this decision, and we are pretty sure we will get the support of the Mexicans as well.”
Moreno went on to say that the family has “nothing against” Jaenada, but they would prefer to see a Mexican actor cast in the coveted role.
“If my uncle was alive, he himself would disprove of this, as well,” Moreno said.
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