The poll results are in.
Over 260,000 people viewed the survey about War Against All Puerto Ricans…the movie.
Over 550 comments came in.
Many of them offered ideas for the casting, music, and director of the movie.
Here are the results:
Marc Anthony was the top choice, for the role of Pedro Albizu Campos.
Benicio Del Toro was a close second, followed by Esai Morales and Teófilo Torres.
Here are the other top choices:
Benicio Del Toro for Luís Muñoz Marín
Rosario Dawson for Laura Meneses, the wife of Don Pedro
Míriam Colón for Aunt Rosa, who raised Don Pedro as a child
Luís Guzmán for Vidal Santiago Díaz, the heroic Nationalist barber
Esai Morales for Gilberto Concepción de Gracia, the founder of PIP
Sandra Bullock and Reese Witherspoon were tied for Ruth Reynolds
Bruno Mars for “Goyito” Hernandez, who survived the attack on La Fortaleza
Michael Chiklis of Fantastic Four fame, for FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover
Andy Garcia for Dr. Orlando Daumy, the Cuban radiologist
For director, Oliver Stone was the most frequent choice. Jacobo Morales was also frequently mentioned.
For music, the recordings of Marc Anthony (Preciosa, Lamento Borincano) topped the list. The music of Roy Brown, Ramito, José Feliciano, and Rafael Hernández (he wrote Preciosa, Lamento Borincano) were often mentioned.
I have a modest suggestion.
During a lighter moment in the story…even in the background, playing on a little TV set in a bodega, I’d love to see a few moments of this clip with Myrta Silva:
Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey.
Someday soon, War Against All Puerto Ricans will be on the big screen.
The world will know about Pedro Albizu Campos, the Nationalist Party, and their struggle for the independence of Puerto Rico.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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