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We Took ‘How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days’ And Replaced The Cast With All Latino Actors- Here’s The Result

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Good news for all you rom-com lovers out there! Recently, news broke that the early-2000s seminal masterpiece “How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days” is getting a modern reboot–this time, for our TV screens. According to E! News, the remake-project is currently in development for the streaming platform Quibi and will be written by “Mindy Show” alum Guy Branum. According to the press release, the show will focus on “a glib young online writer and an oversexed advertising executive, both looking to prove they’re capable of being in a monogamous relationship”. But, obstacles come up when they “discover that staying in a relationship is harder than it looks”.

Needless to say, this is a dream-come-true for fans of the original Hudson-McConaughey charmer. It will also be a great addition to a TV landscape that’s sorely lacking in romantic-comedy projects. But more than anything, we think the reboot of “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” is the perfect opportunity to improve upon the original cast choices. Although everyone in 2003 hit was talented, it was a group of actors sorely lacking in diversity. On that note, we’re excited to see if the newer version adds a little color to their cast. FIERCE by Mitu has made a dream all-Latinx cast of “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”. 

Take a look below!

Diane Guerrero as Andi

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The character of Andi is an ambitious young woman who, although she is beautiful, is smart above all else. She wants to be taken seriously in her career, but no one will give her a chance. Diane Guerrero has the comedy chops and quiet intelligence to play this role perfectly. Not to mention, Guerrero should have some free time on her schedule now that “Orange is the New Black” has come to an end.

Oscar Isaacs as Ben

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Oscar Isaac has the range and talent to play any character he wants. We’d love to see him in this reboot because we’ve never seen him in a romantic comedy before. We can just imagine him playing the aforementioned “oversexed advertising executive” that charms Andi into falling in love with him against her will.

Richard Cabral as Tony

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Yes, Richard Cabral has risen to prominence playing thugs and gangsters, but we know he has so much more potential in him. We’d love to see him play against-type as Ben’s nerdy and skeptical friend, Tony.

Melissa Villaseñor as Michelle

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We would love to see SNL star Melissa Villaseñor take a stab at playing Andi’s best friend and co-worker, the neurotic and man-obsessed Michelle. Can’t you just imagine Villaseñor pretending to be a cooky couple’s counselor like in the original film? There’s nothing we’d love more. 

Christina Milian as Jeannie

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As Andi’s stable and sexy friend, Jeannie doesn’t have much to do other than be a foil to Michelle’s craziness. And we can’t imagine an actress more badass and independent than Cubana Queen Christina Milian. 

Oscar Nuñez as Thayer

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We all know Oscar Nunez as the practical and professional Oscar on “The Office”. But if you’ve ever seen “The Proposal”, then you know that Nunez can also bring the crazy. That’s why he’d be perfect for filling the role of Thayer, originally played by the brilliant comedic actor Thomas Lennon.

Gina Torres as Lana Jong

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Anyone who’s seen Gina Torres on “Suits” knows that Torres can play “powerful boss lady” like she’s born for the role. We can totally see her as Andi’s boss Lana–the intimidating but supportive editor of Composure magazine. Honestly, we’ll take any excuse to get more Gina Torres in our lives. 

Renee Victor as Glenda

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Famous for voicing the feisty Abuelita in Coco, this actress has played matriarchal roles in everything from “Paranormal Activity” to “Vida”. Everything about her screams “pure of heart” just like Jack’s mom in the original version.  Just look at the face! This woman would never be able to lie her way through a game of Bull****.

Edward James Olmos as Jack 

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You may know Olmos primarily for playing Selena Quintanilla’s father, Abraham, in the 1997 Jennifer Lopez-vehicle, “Selena”. Olmos has the kindness and gravity to play Ben’s feisty and lovable dad, Jack.

Rita Moreno as Mrs. DeLauer

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Has there ever been another role more perfectly suited for the talents of Rita Moreno? We’re 100% positive that Moreno would deliver the line “Ladies, frost yourselves” possibly better than the original actress. Here’s to hoping…

The Real-Life ‘Hustler’ Said Cardi B Would Have Been A Better Lead Than Jennifer Lopez

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The Real-Life ‘Hustler’ Said Cardi B Would Have Been A Better Lead Than Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez cannot believe the incredibly positive reviews she’s getting over her lead role in the film “Hustlers.” She was so moved that she cried on national TV. Last week while being interviewed by Hoda Kotb, Lopez expressed her emotional reaction over the surprising reviews for her role, which some critics say could get her an Acadamy Award nomination. Here’s just a snippet of what film critics are saying about the film that made a big debut this weekend. “Hustlers asks what a movie like Goodfellas looks like with women at the center of the story,” one film critic said. “If nothing else, we get to see Jennifer Lopez command the screen as easily as Ramona does the stage, offering up a seductive awards-worthy performance that makes us remember why she became a movie star in the first place,” another said

There is at least one person who isn’t raving about Lopez’s role, and that’s the one who inspired the film. 

Samantha Barbash, the woman who inspired “Hustlers,” said she would have liked to have seen Cardi B in the lead role instead of Jennifer Lopez. 

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The 45-year-old said in an interview with Hollywood Life that rapper Cardi B should have portrayed her instead of the veteran actress, even though this is Cardi’s first film. “I said it from day one, even to the producer. Cardi doesn’t have the acting skills that Jennifer does, but Cardi could relate more to who I was because even though she wasn’t in the same club, we were in the same industry,” she told the lifestyle website. “If Cardi took some acting lessons and shadowed me, I’m sure that she would have played a better role for my character.”

Barbash goes on to say that she is flattered that Lopez wanted to play her in a movie but stresses that the film got several things wrong about her. 

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For starters, Barbash wasn’t a stripper at all. The film, based on a 2015 New York magazine article, shows Lopez as a stripper who ends up drugging wealthy bankers and robs them of their money. However, Barbash said she was never a stripper. Barbash actually worked at a strip club in New York City as a hostess. Yes, the other stuff about the drugs and taking their money is correct, but seeing Lopez play her a stripper didn’t sit well with her. Barbash also said that Lopez never reached out to her in order to learn about her mannerisms, which is what actors do when they’re portraying real-life characters. Even when the real-life character is deceased, actors still study old footage to learn more about the role they are playing. You may recall the extensive research Lopez said she did to portray Selena Quintanilla. She even slept in her bed to get into deep character.  

Earlier this year, Barbash said she would release her own memoir about the ordeal (which she did) that got her 5 years probation and said she planned to sue the filmmakers. 

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“This is a living nightmare,” Barbash said in April in the New York Post after videos leaked of Lopez on a stripper pole. “So now I’m going to have to do a lawsuit. I’m getting a gag order.” Bruno Gioffre, also said back then, that Barbash was “considering all legal avenues with the possibility injunctive relief, including a lawsuit.” The movie was made despite her legal threats. Today, Barbash is an entrepreneur and owns her own spa business. 

We can see why she would have preferred to see Cardi B in the title role. 

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The Bronx rapper did admit to drugging men and robbing them, just like the characters did in the movie “Hustlers.” In 2017, Barbash was charged for conspiracy, assault, and grand larceny in exchange for five years probation

In March, Card admitted on social media that during her stint as a stripper in New York she too did what the “Hustlers” did in the movie. “I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to f*ck me? Yeah, yeah, yeah, let’s go to this hotel,’ and I drugged n*****s up and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do.” 

Soon after that post, Cardi said she it was wrong of her to do that and has since tried to make a better life for herself. 

READ: Critics Think Jennifer Lopez Gave An Oscar-Worthy Performance In ‘Hustlers’

Christian Navarro Allegedly Deleted Tweets That Called Disney Out For Saying They Wanted To Cast ‘European’ Prince Eric

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Christian Navarro Allegedly Deleted Tweets That Called Disney Out For Saying They Wanted To Cast ‘European’ Prince Eric

Earlier this summer in July, Disney announced its decision to cast Halle Bailey from Chloe x Halle to play princess Ariel in their live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. Variety reported that although director Rob Marshall had spent a couple of months meeting with potential princess Ariel’s, the R&B singer Halle Bailey was the clear choice for the role of Ariel since the start. And while buzz from just a few weeks ago about a Latino prince had us pumped… 

It turns out Disney is still looking for their Prince Eric. And they want him a little more “European.”

From singer Harry Styles to now 13 Reasons Why actor Christian Navarro, there’s been a lot of rumors going on about who will play Prince Eric in the live-action adaption of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. 

Earlier in August, Navarro tweeted that he had heard Harry Styles pass on the Prince Eric role, so he threw his name in the hat so Disney could have its first “Latino Prince” alongside its first “Black Ariel.” 

After much support from his fans and after campaigning for about a month on Twitter to be the next Prince Eric, Navarro tweeted on September 3 that Disney had seen his tweet and gave his team a call. 

People on Twitter were quick to show their support of the actor and one fan told him, “you’re going to kill this audition! Hoping you’ll represent us in the Latinx community as becoming the first Latino Disney Prince. If not, at least you put yourself out there!” 

“They wanted to see what I could do,” the 13 Reasons Why actor wrote in his tweet. “Tapes sent. Fingers crossed. Let’s make some history.” 

But on Wednesday, according to Daily Mail, Navarro claimed that he was not cast as Prince Eric in the upcoming live-action adaption of The Little Mermaid because allegedly Disney wanted someone more “European” for the role. 

Yesterday, the New York-born and Puerto Rican actor, broke the news to fans that he had actually been turned down for the role. 

According to Daily Mail, Navarro wrote in a tweet along with an eye-roll emoji that, “Disney said no. They’d like someone more ‘European.’ And we know what that means. In good times be grateful. In bad times be graceful.”

However, the tweets in question don’t seem to still be posted on his Twitter account. Navarro has seemingly deleted them without explanation. 

Daily Mail further reports that although the actor didn’t explicitly mention The Little Mermaid live-action remake in any of his tweets, but fans were quick to assume that he was referring to Disney’s film. The publication has also reached out to Disney for further comment on Navarro’s claim about them wanting to go for someone more “European” looking.

Navarro’s tweet detailing the rejection received more than 2,500 likes in the first three hours that it was posted and according to Daily Mail, fans reactions ranged from supportive to outraged. 

One fan tweeted to Navarro that they were “disappointed.” 

“It’s their loss cause you’d have made a brilliant prince Eric without a doubt. I’m sure you’ll get better roles to play!!,” the fan added. 

It’s safe to say that we’re not necessarily surprised if Navarro’s claim were true since many people had a lot to say when Halle Bailey was cast as The Little Mermaid‘s Ariel.

 People on social media were quick to express their unsolicited (and racist) comments about Ariel being cast as Ariel. Disney’s decision was met with backlash as people objected to a black woman being cast as Ariel using the hashtag #NotMyAriel. 

But who cares what the haters say, right?

For many young women who have yet to see themselves rightfully represented in media, Disney’s decision is significant and a small step toward accurate representation. 

The Little Mermaid live-action adaptation will incorporate original songs from the OG animated film as well as new songs from original composer Alan Menken with lyrics by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manual Miranda, Variety reports. Miranda is also part of the production team for the film.  

The film’s cast also includes Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Javier Bardem as King Triton and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula (a role that rapper Lizzo and “Truth Hurts” singer hinted at wanting as well). 

Production for Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid is set to begin in early 2020, but who knows if they’ll stay on the timeline when they have yet to fill the leading male role.  

Ultimately, we hope that this doesn’t dissuade Navarro from pursuing other roles that he wouldn’t normally go after because we need more actors like him representing the community.