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EXCLUSIVE: Cantinflas relatives opposed to casting Oscar Jaenada


The relatives of Mario “Cantinflas” Moreno, Mexico’s most famous comedian, are not happy with the casting of Oscar Jaenada in the lead role of a planned Cantinflas bio picture.

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.


About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • April 21, 2010 | Permalink |

    Aparte como es sabido el director de Cantinflas no quiere a los mexicanos y reniega de su patria yy lo mas probable es que el haya empezado todo esto eliminando a nosotros los mexicanos.

  • May 4, 2010 | Permalink |

    Listen, Oscar did a wonderful job and the director has a good mind for all who had played in this movie. Cougar, in no form lead a shameful character for any Mexicans (I personally thought he was bad a**). I would not have known that he was not Mexican had I never seen him before. As with all movies people are actors and they play a role that is not themselves… they play it because they are good at it. It’s unfortunate that anyone has to criticize such a small aspect to make this movie into some bad conflict (Though you may have your reasons, I’m really sorry you feel that way, but I don’t agree in this way of thinking so its not something I can understand). I would recommend this movie to any none critical minded viewers. I just saw this movie tonight and I’m going to watch it again in theaters on Thursday. I cant wait for the movie to come out on DVD and will be one of the first people to buy it 🙂

  • August 4, 2010 | Permalink |

    Personally I think Oscar did a wonderful job with his role in Losers. If it had not been brought to my attention I would not had known that he was not Mexican. Besides what difference does it m ake any way, people play parts of other people everyday. Tyler Perry is a man that plays a woman, Robbin Williams played a gay man he’s not gay, on and on and on…SO What! It’s a movie get over it plus I think this guy is Sexy as hell and he can play a role with me anyday……..GOOD GOING OSCAR KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ….YOU MUST HAVE DONE SOMETHING RIGHT TO PISS OFF SO MANY PEOPLE……

  • August 23, 2010 | Permalink |

    I agree with the family of Cantinflas, they have every right 2 be upset that a Spanish actor is playing a Mexican funny man, given the history of Spain in Mexico. It would be the same as if white actors where still using “black face” to represent African Americans in film. As to the above comments about Oscar Jaenada in the Loser’s, yes he was very good in it and his character was HOT. That wasn’t the point of the article. The Loser’s is a totally different film and genre than the documentary that the Family is angry about.

  • March 11, 2011 | Permalink |

    I loved the enitre cast/ensemble/actors etc..in The Movie The Losers. Oscars body language, the elleoquence of his language and mannerisms were pitch perfect. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves even in the most dangerous of situations. I laughed until I cried-their comedic timing was awesome. I hope that there is the losers 2 and even a 3.. Pooch and Jake has a niece.. Aisha had a Father who was Deceased. Why cant Cougar have a Woman who understands the danger of his career choice, his passion his poison and that he loves his family the losers. Not only is Oscar, Hot, Intellligent, Sexy, & Talented. Thats one of our major issues Today: We dont give credit where credit is due. The entire cast made the movie. it wasnt about spanish or mexican. it was about outstanding actors. They made the screen sizzle and smoke.


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