Netflix's Roma is riding high right now after securing ten Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture, but one cast member may miss out on the celebration. Jorge A. Guerrero, who plays Fermin in Alfonso Cuaron's Spanish language drama, has been denied a visa not once, but three times to come to the U.S. in order to attend screenings and awards ceremonies, including the Golden Globes, on behalf of the movie. As such, he may very well miss out on being at the Academy Awards to support Roma.
During a recent interview, Jorge Guerrero revealed that he was invited to screenings and various events for Roma last year. Unfortunately, even with the help of Netflix and Alfonso Cuaron, he's had trouble securing a visa. Even more frustrating for the actor is that he hasn't been provided a reason for being denied, even though he's done his best to comply with the process and procedures. Here's what Guerrero had to say about it.
"I was invited to some of the screenings last year, as well as to the Golden Globes and the Oscars... but unfortunately, when I applied for the visa, they wouldn't give it to me... They don't really give you an explanation of why they're not giving it to you, the consular officers are very concise in that sense. They only tell you that you are not accredited to have the visa... The last time I tried to give it to the consulate officer, she grabbed the paper and literally returned my passport through the window opening."
While Jorge A. Guerrero didn't score a nomination himself, he's an important part of Roma and his fellow castmates, Yalitza Aparicio (Best Actress) and Marina de Tavira (Best Supporting Actress) are up for some of the night's top prizes. Additionally, Alfonso Cuaron is up for Best Director, while the movie itself is up for Best Foreign Film, Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. As such, it would be a shame if he doesn't get to attend, but Guerrero is taking the situation in stride.
"I don't consider myself a victim at all. I'm an actor and I love my job, I'm going to keep doing it right... if in that sense I am invited to any part of the world, well I will be delighted to go... if for a question of bureaucratic procedure I cannot go, well, that is something no longer in my hands."
There are still a few weeks for things to get sorted out. The host during the interview suggested that perhaps taking and posting photographs to actually prove he was in Roma could help. Alfonso Cuaron, not coincidentally, took to Instagram to share a photo of the actor from the movie. The 91st annual Academy Awards are set to take place on Sunday, February 24. Feel free to check out the full interview clip with Jorge A. Guerrero from the De Primera Mano Twitter account below.