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    Charlie Hunnam cast as a Mexican-American cartel leader in ‘American Drug Lord’






    Just my opinion: Charlie Hunnam fans have a reason to be worried about his post-Sons of Anarchy career. Hunnam’s career jumpoff was supposed to be Crimson Peak and Fifty Shades of Grey. But Crimson Peak sort of bombed and he dropped out of FSOG after a lot of breast-beating and dramatics. Then his next big career move was supposed to be King Arthur, and it was supposed to be Hunnam’s big summer offering this year… only the release date got pushed back from July 2016 to February 2017, which is not good. So what is Charlie’s next big career move? Playing a Mexican-American cartel drug-lord. Seriously.

    Before everyone completely loses it, Charlie has been cast as Edgar Valdez in what is a true story in the film American Drug Lord. Valdez was an American citizen, a high school football star in Texas, and he became the only American citizen to “rise to the level of cartel leader in Mexico.” Valdez was also light-skinned and blue-eyed, apparently, and he had the football and cartel-nickname of La Barbie. While Hunnam might “look the part,” this is still an example of Hollywood whitewashing. Even when Hollywood decides to make a movie about a Hispanic figure, they cast someone white (and English). Even when the casting could go any way – as in, they could have cast a Latino actor or a mixed-race actor – producers always go for the default white actor.

    As Vanity Fair points out, the industry press is already calling out this casting choice as whitewashing. I think the announcement came at a bad time too, when we’re in the middle of a discussion about representation and diversity and #OscarsSoWhite. This also comes on the heels of some particularly egregious whitewashing examples in film, whether it’s Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily in Pan, or Emma Stone playing an Asian-American woman in Aloha or everyone in Ridley Scott’s Exodus. Ugh.


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    Here's what the real guy looked like:


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    I don't see the big deal. I can see how he could look quite like him if he put on some weight.

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    I would have enjoyed Louis Gossett Jr in this role.

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    He could pull off the look. Tho I do think Jackie Chan would've been better.
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    ^^^^La Barbie did have an awesome roundhouse kick.
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    I'm not that bothered by this. There are plenty of white Mexicans and physically they don't look that different.
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    A couple of my Cuban friends totally do not look hispanic. I call them undercover Cubans. Charlie does look like Edgar.
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    I have cousins that are straight up blond hair and blue eyed whitey Mc Whitersons, my niece is also fair skinned and green eyed and gets mistaken for a white girl all the time. I have no problem with him playing La Barbie. Hell he LOOKS like him. I'm looking forwards to seeing this.

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    latino/hispanic isn't a race! latin america has 100% white people who are racially exactly the same as white europeans, there are also indigenous people, black people, and pretty much every combination of those 3, not to mention significant jewish, asian and middle eastern minorities. they're all latin american but racially, it's a super diverse continent.
    i don't see what the big deal is except that hunnam is better looking than la barbie and will have to gain weight to look more like him.
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    Well, when Gisele Bunchen kicks the bucket, I hope they choose a really ethnic Brazilian actress to portray her. And Rainn Wilson to play Tom Brady.

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    He looks more like that piece of shit guy who killed Trayvon.
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    My biggest problem is Charlie could barely pull off an American accent. I can't imagine his Mexican. Half way through SOA, I think he just gave up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHELLEE View Post
    A couple of my Cuban friends totally do not look hispanic.
    It's probably because they are white.
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    he will look so hot doing it, no one will hear his natural accent poking through. This will be so fun!

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