Seriously, Hollywood? You Couldn’t Get a Latino Actor to Play the Fictional Role of VP Charlie Rodriguez?

Tomorrow the movie Olympus Has Fallen comes out in theaters. The film has top-line actors like Aaron Eckhart as the President, Morgan Freeman as the Speaker, and Gerard Butler as Mike Banning, the “disgraced former Presidential guard.”

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Now, it’s not like we are actually going to see the movie this weekend (it’s March Madness, people), but when the Facebook page of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts shared a bit of news about who is playing the fictional role of Vice President Charlie Rodriguez, we just had to step away from the basketball and post it:

BREAKING NEWS: Here we go again, the new film: Olympus Has Fallen, with Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman has cast Phil Austin, as Vice President Charlie Rodriguez. . .wait for it. . yup, he’s not Latino. http://imdb.to/XsInp0

If you think this is a bad precedent (ala ARGO); please repost and ask your friends not to spend their hard earned money on this film. We can vote here folks, we do it by not showing up for this kind of crap!

This is Phil Austin. We’re sure he is a fine actor. He looks like a younger brother of “Mad Men” star John Slattery, but he sure doesn’t scream “Charlie Rodriguez” to us.

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The cluelessness continues. There really wasn’t any Latino actor who could have played this role? Anyone?

Hit it, Gollum.

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latinageek says:

I’m OK with the rant that he’s not Latino, because I want to see more opportunities for Latino actors, but I am definitely NOT okay with the “he doesn’t look Latino” argument. You know Latinos come in all shades, right? C’mon son.

latinorebels says:

@latinageek We do know that very well, and we didn’t say that he doesn’t look Latino. Just that Phil Austin doesn’t scream Charlie Rodriguez to us. Thanks for the comment!

latinageek says:

@latinorebels Sure you did. And thanks for the reply.

litenarata says:

@latinageek  @latinorebels By saying “he doesn’t scream Charlie Hernandez” you ARE saying there’s a certain appearance you think “real” Latinos should have.
 
And it ain’t pale skin.

Rebeldes says:

No that is not what we are saying, that is what you think we are saying. It is not about who is a “real” Latino, it is about giving Latino actors opportunities to portray these types of roles.

latinageek says:

@latinorebels Sure you did. And thanks for the reply.

latinorebels says:

@latinageek We do know that very well, and we didn’t say that he doesn’t look Latino. Just that Phil Austin doesn’t scream Charlie Rodriguez to us. Thanks for the comment!

litenarata says:

“This is Phil Austin. We’re sure he is a fine actor. He looks like a younger brother of “Mad Men” star John Slattery, but he sure doesn’t scream “Charlie Rodriguez” to us.”
 
STOP. There are LOTS of Latinos with Spanish names who don’t have brown skin. It’s bad enough when other white people try to say we can’t really be Latino because we aren’t brown, but now you have to do it? We have to hear this crap from YOU?

Rebeldes says:

LOL, that is a major leap to an illogical conclusion. We are very aware that Latinos come in all colors of the rainbow, and it was still a lame casting choice.