Desperado Studio Wanted to Cast Cameron Diaz as a Mexican Says Salma Hayek

Desperado Studio Wanted to Cast Cameron Diaz as a Mexican Says Salma Hayek
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's 1995 Spanish western film Desperado was a culturally significant movie for Latinx representation in Hollywood. The movie established Rodriguez as one of the industry's hottest action directors and made stars out of newcomers Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. In an interview with Elle, Hayek revealed she almost missed out on her role in the film because the studio wanted Cameron Diaz.

"I remember Cameron Diaz was huge at the time and her last name was Diaz, so they said she can be Mexican. She was part of the list, and I had to audition again...I'm telling you, the studio wanted Cameron Diaz as a Mexican."

In Desperado, Salma Hayek played the role of the alluring Carolina, a woman who unexpectedly finds herself swept up in the vengeance-fueled journey of the lead character, played by Banderas. The movie turned the actress, who was 29 at the time, into an instant sex-symbol,
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