CNN has an interesting report about the numerous celebrities in Hollywood who are of Hispanic background but unbeknownst to the majority of people . They include comedian Louis C.K., film actor Charlie Sheen, and television host Vanna White.
According to Felix Sanchez, Chairman and Co-Founder the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, he stated,
“Latinos remain over-represented among frequent moviegoers relative to their overall percentage in the US population. Their attendance has been trending upward for years: from 2015 to 2016 it grew from 7.9 million to 8.3 million (its all-time high was 11.6 million, in 2013).”
Despite Latinos representing 18% of the U.S. population, being frequent movie goers, and an economic powerhouse, they are the most under-cast demographic in films throughout the U.S. In addition, as the U.S. is changing demographically (with Hispanics taking the lead), Hollywood continues to neglect the Latino demographic who will soon be one of the strongest economic pillars of the U.S. economy. What Hollywood needs are Latino producers, directors, and writers who will tell positive stories, not the stereotypical stories we have been accustomed to seeing over the past decades. Furthermore, U.S. audiences will have the opportunity to see unique films from different cultures as opposed to the typical popcorn flicks by Michael Bay. An example is Mexican director Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water”, who also co-wrote the film.