Charlie Hunnam Now Under Fire For Accepting Role In ‘American Drug Lord’

Charlie Hunnam as Jackson "Jax" Teller (L) Edgar Valdez Villarreal AKA La Barbie (R) Image Credit: Vanity Fair
Charlie Hunnam as Jackson “Jax” Teller (L)
Edgar Valdez Villarreal AKA La Barbie (R)
Image Credit: Vanity Fair

A couple of days ago, we published news that Charlie Hunnam (Jackson “Jax” Teller, Sons of Anarchy) accepted a role as Edgar Valdez Villarreal AKA La Barbie, in the upcoming film ‘American Drug Lord’. The actor was spotted in Laredo, TX, scouting locations for the film a couple of weeks ago, yet is now under fire for accepting what we think will end up being be a really phenomenal role for him.

What’s the problem, you ask? It appears that Charlie, along with Legendary Studios (the production company for ‘American Drug Lord’), are both facing criticism for him being a white actor and accepting the role of a Mexican Cartel leader. Honestly, this news grinds our gears something fierce. We truthfully do not see why there needs to be a racial complication within the decision to cast Charlie for the role – at the end of the day, we know he is an amazing actor who most certainly has the talent to make this role extraordinary.

To quote our previous article on the subject,

‘American Drug Lord’ is based on the true story of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, who will be portrayed by Charlie Hunnam. He is a Texas native and high school football player who ends up being the only U.S. Citizen to ever capture a high ranking leadership position in the Mexican drug cartel.

That being said, why wouldn’t it make sense for Charlie, a white actor in Hollywood, to take the role? So, to settle it once and for all, we’ve created a gallery comparing Charlie Hunnam to the real life Edgar Valdez Villarreal, and we’d like to call upon you, our fans, to settle the issue once and for all. Tell us in the comments if you agree that Charlie might not be the right pick for the role of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, or that you disagree and think he’ll be incredible in the role anyway. Why do you agree or disagree? We can’t wait to read your feedback!


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Charlie Hunnam Image Credit: mysanantonio
Charlie Hunnam
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