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John Leguizamo: Watching white guy Al Pacino play a Puerto Rican on Carlito’s Way was odd

In Brian De Palma directed film Carlito's Way, John Leguizamo starred as the up-and-coming gangster Benny Blanco opposite Al Pacino as Carlito Brigante, a Puerto Rican criminal who is dragged back into a life of crime.

The only problem is that Al Pacino is not Puerto Rican, which is why the set was so “odd” and “surreal” for Leguizamo. “You know, it was a thing of the times. Before then he played a Cuban,” Leguizamo told Insider, referring to Pacino’s iconic Scarface role as Tony Montana. “Yeah, in that he’s kind of doing like a Cuban/Mexican accent.”

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