Javier Bardem Defends Lucille Ball’s Decision To Cast Him As Cuban Husband In Aaron Sorkin’s New Movie It’s The Ricardos.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter announced on Wednesday (December 15), the 52-year-old Spanish actor addressed online criticism that a Latin American actor should have taken the role of Desi Arnaz instead of him.
In his original reply, the Oscar winner said: “I’m an actor, and that’s what I do for a living: [I] Trying to be the person I’m not. ”
Bardem also wonders if this type of casting criticism is aimed only at actors whose second language is English.
Highlighting Marlon Brando’s iconic portrayal of Italian mafia boss Vito Corleone and Meryl Streep’s portrayal of British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, Bardem questioned: “Why is this conversation happening to those who speak? tone?”
The There is no country for old men the actor also cites Ridley Scott’s recent historical drama Last match, set in medieval France and starring Jodie Comer, Adam Driver, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck.
He said: “Where does conversation with English speakers do things like Last match, where they are said to have been French in the Middle Ages? It’s good now. But am I, with a Spanish accent, Cuban? ”
“If we want to open the box of worms, let’s open it for everyone,” the actor continued.
Main actor Nicole Kidman and Bardem as an on-screen and off-screen couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Is Ricardos chronicling the tumultuous relationships of the stars of the hit sitcom 50’s I love Lucy.
It followed the actors during a week of filming I love Lucy – from Monday reading boards to Friday footage – while the couple navigate the crises and challenges that threaten their relationship and careers.
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Perhaps still pondering the “famous question” about whether actors should be cast based on race or ethnicity, Bardem returned to that question in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
He said: “We should all start not allowing anyone to play Hamlet unless they were born in Denmark.”
Not Bardem’s last words on the subject, the actor emailed the publication a follow-up response to the casting criticism of Sorkin’s film.
Bardem told the publication: “I recognize that there are a lot of underrepresented voices and stories that need to be told and that we should do better to create access and opportunity for more stories. and more Latin American storytellers.”
After a limited theatrical release on December 10, Is Ricardos will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video on December 21, 2021.
In her three-star review, The Independent Film critic Clarisse Loughrey writes that Is Ricardos “It’s about the inner workings of comedy writing” instead of acting like a biopic.
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