‘Roma’ Actor Jorge Antonio Guerrero May Miss Oscars After Being Denied A U.S. Visa
Mexican actor Jorge Antonio Guerrero, who played a role in the critically acclaimed Netflix film Roma that landed 10 Oscar nominations on Tuesday, might not be able to attend the ceremony after allegedly been denied entry into the U.S. three times.
This news comes after the movie, which follows the story of a maid and the family she works for in early-1970s Mexico City, tied with The Favourite for the most nominations at this year’s ceremony.
According to Guerrero, he has applied for a visa three times in the last year and has been denied entry every time.
“The first time [I applied] was at the beginning of last year. Back then, I didn’t have anything related to the movie and my intentions were just for tourism,” he told Quien during an interview. “But then I started receiving invitations from Netflix in October and November to attend red carpets and the Golden Globes.”
Guerrero, who plays Fermín, the boy Yalitza Aparicio’s Cleo falls in love with in the film, then allegedly applied for a visa again and this time brought a letter to the U.S. embassy in Mexico from one of the movie’s producers.
“I brought a letter that they didn’t want to read, to be honest,” he said. “In my second try, they said that I was going to work and I told them no, I was going because I was invited. And this last try wasn’t even memorable, it felt like the woman I spoke to was already a little angry.”
After being denied entry on three separate occasions, Guerrero still remains optimistic that he will be in the U.S. when the 91st Academy Awards are held in late February.
“I want to think that, because if we could find a way for a consular officer or someone in the embassy to read those letters of invitation, one could understand the artistic figure that I have and the cultural exchange that is brewing between two nations,” he told Quien. “The whole time I was saying I was invited by the movie that Alfonso Cuarón had made in Mexico.”
The 91st Annual Academy Awards will air live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET on February 24.