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John Leguizamo joked that if white actors continued to be cast in Latino roles, he would cast himself as Gwyneth Paltrow in a film about Gwyneth Paltrow’s ski accident trial.

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Highlighting the under-representation of Latinos in Hollywood, John Leguizamo joked that he might end up playing Gwyneth Paltrow in a film about the ongoing ski accident trial by a white actor.

Prime Video’s “The Power” guest-hosted “The Daily Show” following the departure of actor Trevor Noah. In a recent episode, Leguizamo talked about the phenomenon of white actors in Latino roles, such as James Franco, who was cast as Fidel Castro in the film “Alina of Cuba.”

“Well? If white people can do our part, I will do theirs,” Leguizamo said.

“When they do a TV series based on Gwyneth Paltrow’s ski accident trial, I’ll be Gwyneth Paltrow.”

The Insider reports that a Utah jury found that Paltrow was not at fault in a 2016 skiing accident involving retired optometrist Terry Sanderson. Sanderson sued Paltrow in 2019. Insider previously reported that he allegedly ran into her while she was distracted and suffered traumatic brain damage and four broken ribs.

Paltrow disputed some of Sanderson’s stories and said that Sanderson met her. The jury found Sanderson at fault in the case, ordering him to pay $1 in damages as requested by Paltrow’s team. The trial became a victim of social media, and clips of the live-streamed event went viral on TikTok.

Leguizamo was vocal about the lack of Latino representation in Hollywood, writing an open letter to the industry about the long-standing problem in the Los Angeles Times in 2022.

“You might think it’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bad Bunny, J. Lo, Benicio del Toro and me, but you’re wrong.” “There are millions of Latinos and we were only a handful that were allowed.”

According to a USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study published in 2021, of the 1,300 highest-grossing films from 2007 to 2019, only 3.5% of films starred and co-starred were Hispanic, despite making up 18.7% of the US population. ,

In December 2022, Leguizamo told Insider that it was “weird” to play opposite a white actor like Al Pacino, who played a Latino character in the film Carlito’s Way. He cited another instance where he said he was “denied a role in a film because of an implicit ‘Latin quota'”, adding that the director told him “you can’t have two Latins in a film”. can keep”.

“You don’t know how many times I’ve been told in auditions that my voice isn’t Latino, isn’t Latino, and Latinos don’t want to see other Latinos.” “The Daily Show.”

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