Aaron Sorkin defends ‘Being the Ricardos’ casting decisions

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Aaron Sorkin defends ‘Being the Ricardos’ casting decisions

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Sorkin explains his casting decisions for that film

The Nicole Kidman part is not that interesting (she wanted to join, and Sorkin was not looking for an exact look-alike anyway)

but here’s what he said about casting Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz:

First of all, Amazon’s foundry department had a Latina foundry consultant [who was focused on all Latinx casting] on board. I found out, for example, because there was an actor I was considering who was Brazilian, and I was told by the casting consultant that Brazilians are not considered Latinos because they speak Portuguese. So Javier is Spanish and the casting consultant was fine with that. But I do not want to use the casting consultant as cover. I want to tell you my opinion on this, and I stand by it, which is this: Spanish and Cuban are not action-packed, okay? They are not active. By the way, none of them are straight and gay. Because I know there’s a little movement going on that only gay actors should play gay characters. Homosexuals and heterosexuals are not active. You can act by being attracted to someone, but most nouns are not actionable.

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