Actors Laz Alonso, Raúl Castillo talk about their jobs in Person Ritchie's 'Anger of Man'

 For Alonso, who is Afro Latino, and Castillo, an original Mexican American from McAllen, Texas, the jobs were a "genuine squeeze me second." 





By Arturo Conde 

Film fans will disclose to you the best vengeance stories are served cold. Yet, for Laz Alonso and Raúl Castillo, Fellow Ritchie's new defensively covered truck spine chiller "Fierceness of Man" has likewise served a warm restitution for them as Latino entertainers.


To be able to see yourself represented, it validates your existence. It validates that you belong,” Alonso told NBC News.

The actor, who identifies off-screen as Afro Cuban and Afro Latino, said visibility on the big screen encourages viewers to “own every bit of who you are.”

Fans may remember Alonso as Tsu’tey in James Cameron’s science-fiction blockbuster “Avatar” or as Fenix Calderon in the street-racing franchise “Fast & Furious.”
In “Wrath of Man,” the actor plays Carlos, a key member of an ex-military team who plants the idea of doing a heist. While his identity doesn’t always define him as an actor, Alonso said it informs the way he sees and plays his characters.

"If you go to Cuba and you ask a Cuban, 'What are you?' they’re never going to say, 'Afro Latino.' They’re going to say, 'Soy negro,' 'I’m Black'; or, 'Soy blanco,' 'I’m white,'" Alonso said. “I have adopted 'Afro Latino' because here in the States we’re all one big melting pot of different cultures, different nations and different origins.”
At times, hyphenated identities can make you feel like both an outsider and an insider, Alonso said, and the big screen can help actors and viewers embrace that in-between reality.

Castillo, who plays Sam on the military heist team alongside Alonso, similarly described “Wrath of Man” as a career milestone for his Mexican American identity.


“I grew up in McAllen, Texas. I’m first-generation Mexican American. I got to go to London to make a film,” he told NBC News. “It was like a dream come true. It was a real pinch-me moment to be in a Guy Ritchie movie in general.”

Castillo is known for his acclaimed performance as Diego Hernandez in the independent superhero film "El Chicano" and as Richie Donado Ventura in HBO’s popular LGBTQ series “Looking.”


In "Wrath of Man," Latino viewers will also recognize Cuban-born actor and Grammy-winning musician Andy García, who plays a government agent named King.

While Ritchie's heist thriller is supported by a diverse cast based in the U.S. and the U.K., only one woman — Niamh Algar's character, Dana — shares the spotlight briefly, and other female characters have less-developed roles.
Wrath of Man” is anchored by British action star Jason Statham, who plays a tough, closed-mouth armored-truck driver taking on Alonso and Castillo’s highly skilled heist team with deadly precision. 

Viewers find out early that Statham’s character wants to avenge the murder of a loved one. While revenge stories can sometimes look and feel predictable, Alonso said Ritchie relies on improvisation to get both actors and viewers to react to the shifting lines between good and bad



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