Hailing from Cuba, Ana de Armas has become one of the most sought-after actors in the decade. She first starred in a Hollywood movie alongside Keanu Reeves in the Thriller Knock Knock and has gone on to star in some big films such as No Time to Die, Blade Runner 2049, and many more.
Many regard her best performance to be witnessed in the sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Starring Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, and Harrison Ford, the sci-fi film still failed to grab the attention of the audience, becoming a flop.
Knives Out with Ana De Armas
The film Knives Out starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, and Jamie Lee Curtis, follows the investigation of the murder of a prominent author as the plot unfurls. It also stars Ana de Armas as young Latina Marta Cabrera, a deuteragonist for the murdered author.
The dark comedy is filled with clever and complex characters. Ana de Armas’s character remains at the center of the plot, being the only honest personality with good intentions in a house full of cunning backstabbers.
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Was Ana de Armas a victim of casual racism on Knives Out set?
In an interview with Elle magazine, Jamie Lee Curtis admitted to wrongfully assuming the Blade Runner actress to be an unsophisticated young woman from Cuba who was new to Hollywood. She stated:
“I assumed.. and I say this with real embarrassment.. because she had come from Cuba, that she had just arrived… I made an assumption that she was an inexperienced, unsophisticated young woman. That first day, I was like, ‘Oh, what are your dreams?
Was just talking to my big sister, and she said something very profound that I wanted to share:
"Shutting the f*ck up is FREE." – Veronica
Thank you for attending this virtual Ted Talk.
— Clayton Davis – Stand with 🇺🇦 (@ByClaytonDavis) July 13, 2022
This is the tip of the iceberg about #LatinosinHollywood & why the #LatnX absence from projects & #awards. Hollywood assumed that #Latinos are inexperienced & unsophisticated for their level. The concept of #DiversityandInclusion still doesn't reach Latinos to their full extent.
— Jose Alberto Hermosillo (@FestivalinLA) July 13, 2022
She further commented on how enthusiastic Ana de Armas was. Aware of Jamie Lee Curtis’ proximity to Marilyn Monroe, the Bond girl showed pictures of her transformation into Marilyn Monroe for the drama film Blonde.
Well, it was fun while it lasted but guess she's cancelled now
— MovieUsherMX – Noticias de cine y series (@MovieUshermx) July 13, 2022
Many fans haven’t taken lightly to Jamie Lee Curtis’ comments and have called her out for stereotypical assumptions as well as living with a shallow outlook toward newcomers.
So embarrassing. Should be retweeted enough until she makes a statement.
— Pleasurepropaganda (@Pleasureprpgnda) July 13, 2022
So Cubans are inexperienced and unsophisticated? I gotta go.
— Natalie (@sunchick116) July 13, 2022
While Jamie Lee Curtis is indeed under fire, most fans believe the actress should have kept her thoughts to herself. However, a sect of fans also believes that Curtis wasn’t intentionally being rude or racist towards Ana de Armas, and has explained that the veteran actress is known for her brutal honesty and kindness.
Knives Out 2 is scheduled to be released in late 2022.