Thursday, July 18, 2024

Fidel Castro is Dead, Was Not Popular in Movies– Only Three Actors Ever Played Him


Fidel Castro is dead– Donald Trump Tweeted that out this morning, so we know it’s true.

Castro wasn’t popular in movies. For some reason, no one ever made a film about him. And only three actors ever played him.

Jack Palance played Castro in a 1969 movie called “Che” about Che Guevera. Castro wasn’t even the main player. And Anthony Lapaglia played him in a bad comedy called “Company Man.”

He was also featured in Steven Soderbergh’s four hour, two part “Che” in 2008. Demian Bechir took the role. But again, the movie was called “Che,” not “Fidel.”

Castro’s biggest media presence was his name used to sell sofa beds, as in Castro Convertibles. But Bernard Castro, the inventor of the pull out sofa, was Italian and not related.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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