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Javier Bardem defends his cast as Desi Arnaz in “The View”

When the Spanish actor Javier Bardem was chosen as I love lucy Desi Arnaz star in Aaron Sorkin movie Being the Ricardos, he faced backlash for portraying a Cuban man. When he appeared on today’s episode of View, Bardem defended his casting by noting that “[as actors], our profession becomes someone that we are not.

“I think we are now going to a place where everyone is very sensitive to the representation of minorities, and I am absolutely in favor of that,” he said. “I think it’s good to really… give a chair at the table to people who are not represented.”

Bardem revealed that the Bring the Ricardos The team initially contacted a Cuban actor to play Desi, but then contacted him when that casting didn’t work out. “I was ready. I got the job done and I really loved that he was Cuban and what he meant to the Cuban community,” he added. “I worked hard. to earn it. “

“We cannot criticize an actor or actress for playing a role because they are not from this place or they do not share the sexual orientation of that character,” Bardem explained. “I think it really frames and limits the acting profession, which goes beyond logic. This is about the act of expression, and this is where we, as an audience, have the joy of seeing the skills of the actor or actress, and how far they can go to. make it real.

View airs weekdays at 11 / 10c on ABC. Being the Ricardos is now streaming on Prime Video.

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