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(CNN)James Franco has reportedly been cast as Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, and many Latino actors aren't happy.

Most notably, the prolific John Leguizamo, who recently voiced Bruno in Disney's "Encanto," blasted Franco's casting on Instagram. Leguizamo argued that the role should have gone to a Latino actor instead.
"How is this still going on?" Leguizamo asked on Friday. "How is Hollywood excluding us but stealing our narratives as well? No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Boycott! This F'd up! Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement, which would (be) wrong! I don't got a (problem) with Franco but he ain't Latino!"
    Franco is set to star as Castro in the upcoming "Alina of Cuba," with production set to start later this year, per reports. The movie follows the life of Alina Fernandez, Castro's daughter.
      Leguizamo isn't the only Latino star angered by the casting. Read More"Wtf is this...." wrote actress Jess Darrow, who voiced Luisa Madrigal in "Encanto," in response to Leguizamo's post."I'm sorry but what in the actual f**k?" wrote actor Raúl Castillo in an Instagram story.
        "Not me reading that James Franco will have to 'build' an accent for Castro, when my entire life I've been made fun of for not speaking English like an American and been told countless times to work hard to get rid of it..." wrote actress Sol Rodriguez. "I'm auditioning for another generic Latin-American drug dealer and James Franco is dead a** playing Fidel Castro," wrote actor Jeff Torres on Twitter. "Latinos gettin' done dirty af out here and everywhere. Damn lol."
          Latino representation has long lagged in Hollywood. Despite making up 18% of the US population, only 5% of the speaking roles in 2019's top 100 movies went to Latino actors, according to a 2020 study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Franco also faced allegations of inappropriate and sexually exploitive behavior in 2018 from five women, several of whom were his students. In 2021, in the wake of settling a class-action lawsuit, he admitted to sleeping with students from the acting school he co-owned.

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          I’m the UK’s most married man and I’m on the lookout for wife number NINE – I hate being alone

          THE UK’s most married man is now on the lookout for wife number nine.

          Ron Sheppard, 74, called off his last engagement to an American woman called Rose Hans, who he’d never met, in 2019, saying it “didn’t feel right”.

          9Ron Sheppard hopes to find lasting love with his ninth wifeCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 9Ron had hoped to tie the knot with Rose HansCredit: Social Media - Refer to Source 9Ron with his last wife - the marriage ended in 2016 and he has been single ever since

          After that relationship ended, the dad-of-eight who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, admits he retreated into his shell.

          Ron told Devon Live: "I've taken time for myself and been a recluse because of my medical problems and Covid,"

          The dad who lives in Somerton, Somerset, is launching a second book The Wife Collector, which is to go alongside a film currently in pre-production with West Coast Pictures in the US.

          His autobiography, Lord of the Weddings, was published in 2014.

          Ron has been looking for love ever since Filipino Cristel Lalec, who he thought would be his “forever wife,” left the UK five years ago.

          The former tour manager of comedian Norman Wisdom says “I’m just plodding along,” although he says he has been chatting to a woman based in the UK in the past few weeks.

          He added: "It's very early days... I'm not rushing into it.I am still looking for love.”

          “I'm still looking for 'luuuuuuuuv' with an 'luv'," he laughs.

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          Even though he has been married eight times, he says he has has "never given up on love".

          "I hate being alone - I just want a companion. I'd like to find someone I can have a good conversation with; who will support me; go out to places. I don't go out in the evenings now but that would be nice to have somebody with me."

          Ron, who thinks he has 13 great-grandchildren – although he’s not quite sure – managed he keep himself busy during the Covid lockdowns by continuing with his health campaigning efforts which he has focused on since 1993.

          Love and marriage though have also been a key preoccupation throughout his life. since he first got married to Margaret in 1966.

          His longest union lasted 13 years; the shortest was just 10 months.

          He first got married in 1966 to Margaret and the couple had three kids but they later divorced after two years.

          Wife number two was Jeanette and they wed in 1973 although the marriage lasted just one year.

          Ron married for the third time in 1976 to Lesley and they had two boys together before he left her five years later.

          Kathy came wife number four in 1982 and they had a daughter with husband and wife working at Pontins as bluecoats with Shane Richie.

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          Ron then married Sue in 1986 and had two boys. After 11 years she threw him out though.

          Usha from Singapore was next to tie the knot with him in 1999, followed by Wan in 2003 and Weng a year later.

          9Ron married his first wife Margaret in 1966Credit: SWNS:South West News Service 9Ron wed wife number 2 Jeanette in 1973 9Ron pictured here marrying his third wife Lesley 9Ron had one daughter with wife No4 Kathy, who he married in 1982 9Ron then married wife No5 Sue in 1986 and had two sons together before she threw him out in 1997Credit: Solent News 9In 2003 he married wife No7 Wan but she left to return to Bangkok after eight monthsCredit: Collect

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