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Thursday September 15, 2011

Ben Affleck Casts Himself as Latino CIA Agent in Upcoming “Argo” - Really, Ben? Latino?

Ben Affleck Casts Himself as Latino CIA Agent in Upcoming “Argo” - Really, Ben? Latino?

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As many watch in white-washing horror, Ben Affleck has cast himself as a Latino former CIA agent in the movie Argo, based on the real-life story of Antonio Mendez, and his plan to rescue six American embassy workers from Tehran, Iran in 1979 using a fake sci-fi movie project as a cover.

What has many worried is the fact that Affleck, who will be directing the film as well, is not the least bit Latino, and is known for being very proud of his Irish heritage.

With Affleck in this role, it really doesn’t allow the audience to experience a strong Latino actor in a role based on a real person.

Argo is named after the fake sci-fi flick Mendez claimed he and his team were location scouting for when they entered Iran.

As Racebending puts the Affleck-as-Mendez issue:

The cumulative impact of this kind of casting: In Hollywood, white actors depict minorities credited with reaching monumental, historic achievements. Actors of color cannot even expect to be cast in roles inspired by people from their own communities, and minorities remain invisible in their own stories.


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Photo Credits: Mendez in 1968, years before he would be the