For Cinco de Mayo: Five Non-Mexican Mexicans In The Movies
5. Mel Blanc (as Speedy Gonzales) When the Cartoon Network acquired exclusive rights to the Speedy catalog, they didn't play them for fear of being accused of racism. None other than the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) stepped in to trumpet the mouse's...positive aspects. We eagerly await the formation of the Baba Looey Anti-Defamation League.
4. Wallace Beery (as Pancho Villa) -- Viva Villa! (1934) Personally, I find the fact that a paunchy, balding white guy is playing one of the heroes of Mexican history less offensive than the fact the same paunchy, balding white guy is getting his mitts all over Fay Wray. Sure puts that "giant ape" shout-out from Rocky Horror into perspective.
If one of your nation's earliest heroes is portrayed by a white man who just happens to be the greatest actor of his generation, is it really *that* offensive? What about Denzel Washington playing Ben Franklin? Or that other Washington?