John Leguizamo says playing Al Pacino, a Puerto Rican in Carlito’s Way, was “weird”.

John Leguizamo has shared his candid thoughts on Al Pacino playing a Puerto Rican Carlito’s way.

The Latin actor starred alongside the white American star in Brian De Palma’s 1993 film, which follows an ex-convict trying to live a life free of crime after getting out of prison.

“You know, that was a thing of the times — before that he played a Cuban,” Leguizamo said, referring to Pacino’s previous role in De Palma’s 1983 film scarface.

“Yes, he has something of a Cuban-Mexican accent in that,” he said insider. “I know he’s trying, and he’s a great actor, so brilliant – he was my hero – but it was weird man.”

Leguizamo elaborated, “It’s a strange experience to be a Latino in a Latino story written by a Latino and the main character is a white man pretending to be Puerto Rican. I won’t lie, it’s surreal. It was surreal.”

The role of gangster Benny Blanco in Carlito’s way was Leguizamo’s outburst. However, he said he “turned down the role a couple of times” before “finally” settling on it.

“It’s just that Hollywood was weird and always has been weird,” he said, adding, “It was always ‘Holly-wouldn’t’. And I knew it was going in.”

Leguizamo has long been vocal about Hollywood’s discrimination against Latino actors, and in 2022 criticized the casting of James Franco in a film about Fidel Castro.

Last month he also called out the decision to name Chris Pratt and Charlie Day as the voices of Mario and Luigi in a new one Super Mario Bros Animation.

John Leguizamo said Al Pacino, who played a Puerto Rican in “Carlito’s Way,” was “strange.”

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Leguizamo, who voiced Luigi in a 1993 live-action version of the film, called the casting “backwards.”

The actor recently said he bases his character on horror satire The menu on Steven Seagal, whom he called an “awful person.”

Leguizamo currently stars in both The menu and Christmas horror film violent night. John Leguizamo says playing Al Pacino, a Puerto Rican in Carlito’s Way, was “weird”.


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