Sandino Moreno joins 'Love in the Time of Cholera'

143249__catalina_lFor some, the movie biz is magical; for others, realistic. It’s been floated in back tattle channels that J. Lo wanted a part in the Mike Newell adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera.  The female lead (Fermina, to be played by Giovanna Mezzogiorno) has been taken for a while — and by an Italian, no less. (The male lead, Florentino, is Spaniard Javier Bardem — positively un-South American!) But now a large supporting role, that of Fermina’s cousin Hildebranda Sanchez, has gone to Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace).

I rather doubt she’d have settled for a supporting role anyway. But all the same, it’s a blow. Cheer up, Ms. Lopez. There’s always One Hundred Years of Solitude, which I hear will be shot by Terence Malick. In real time.

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  • dude

    Seriously, Catalina Sandino Moreno… AWESOME-NESS ON A STICK!

  • Delon

    Scott, that last line is really funny !!!!

  • ebn

    Great novel…hopefully they can do a good job with it

  • jase

    J.Lo should not be allowed to mess up such a great story. Bardem is a great choice for the lead.

  • EP Sato

    I am sick to death of movies about Latin Americans that are directed by and acted by non-Latino actors. The Perez Family with Melissa Tormei, Scarface AND Carlitos Way with Al Pacino (one of the most insulting movies about Puerto Ricans ever made), the House of Spirits starring Glenn Close and Wynona Ryder, The Good the Bad and the Ugly featuring a Jewish actor as the Mexican ‘Tucco’. The list is endless. But most insulting of them all is when a SPANIARD is chosen to play an actual latino. Maribel Verdu in Y tu Mama Tambien? Please. Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas as Latinos? That’s just flat out insulting. Are there really that few Hispanic actors to choose from? And if that’s the case, where the HELL do all the telenovela actors come from?

  • fredric

    I see your point to an extent, but really, does someone have to HAVE a background in order to play a part? This could lead to a lot of similar issues – do you need to be gay to play a gay part? do you need to be handicapped to play someone who is handicapped? Plain and simple, it’s a role. If there are Latino actors who are qualified, they should try out for the part. The truth is (being Latino myself) that many Latino actors do not audition for these films because there is less struggle to get work in telenovelas, etc. Even outside of Hispanic acting, there are examples. Maggie Q only recently made her debut here in the States, and she went overseas to get work because it was easier. Maybe, just maybe, when they are casting these films, those responsible for casting are going by talent – doesn’t that account for anything?

  • MJA

    To EP Sato.. with your logic, then only an American should play an American role, only an English should play a British role, etc? If an actor is qualified for the part, because of his ability to bring life into the character, then why should it matter where they were born?

  • Jose Silva

    The story is about the coastal lowland culture of Northern Colombia. Sandino and Leguizamo are highlanders. If you read G.G.M. works, there is great prejudice b/w the two cultures. Using this rule, should the directors only hire costenos? Of course not! Regardless of background, the role should clearly go to the best actor for that role. If you read the works of Caro y Cuervo (Pillars of Colombianidad) they argue the Italians, Spaniards and by inheritance, Colombians, are of culturally direct decent.

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