'Roma' Cast Member Jorge Antonio Guerrero Denied Visa into U.S.

A Roma film cast member, Jorge Antonio Guerrero, has been denied a visa into the United States to attend events at the height of the annual Hollywood awards season.

But the Mexican actor-who plays Fermin, a brooding militant in the story about a year in the life of a 1970s middle-class family's maid in Mexico City, said he is determined to keep applying for applying so that he can at least enter the U.S. in time to attend the 91st Academy Awards on February 24, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Guerrero, as he is known, is part of a critically acclaimed Roma cast, members of the first-ever Netflix-created movie to secure an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. The film has garnered 10 Oscar nominations, breaking ground for its increased diversity of nominees.

Several Mexican media outlets, such as the Mexican daily El Universal, that he is not "offended, angry or victimized" despite the application denials, since the same happens to many other Mexicans.

"I hope that this can be resolved in the best way," he told El Universal. "And I insist that if I don't go, I'll still be thrilled. It's 10 nominations, darn it. This doesn't happen every year!"

Martínez wants to secure a visa to attend screenings and other industry events in the U.S., he told the Mexican lifestyle magazine Quién.

Despite submitting a letter of proof to immigration authorities from Oscar-nominated Roma director Alfonso Cuaron and Netflix producers, he has been denied visas at least three times, Guerrero said. The letters explained that he has official invitations to appear at the industry events in the U.S.

"Specifically, I took a letter and they refused to read it," he told Quién. "On my second attempt, they said I was going to go work, and I said that, no, I had been invited."

Reportedly, he had reiterated that authorities refused to read the letters on a Mexican entertainment program, De Primera Mano.

"I tried giving it to the consul," said Guerrero. "They grabbed the paper and literally just returned my passport through the teller window. If they don't want to read it, then it's going to be very difficult."

As Indie Wire tweeted on January 23, "While #Roma Oscar nominees Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira have been a fixture on the awards circuit this year, their co-star Jorge Antonio Guerrero has not participated in any U.S. press events because his visa has been rejected three times."

Cuaron has also reportedly posted media stories about Guerrero's visa denials on Twitter.

It's unclear whether Guerrero has been denied due to racism, but Mexican media outlet El Sol de Tijuana speculated that could be the case since the actor is indigenous in appearance.

Among Guerrero's cast-mates who have made the Hollywood awards shows and parties is lead actress Aparicio for Best Actress, in what the New York Times calls a rare nomination for an indigenous woman actress. She plays Cleo. Her colleague, Marina de Tavira, is a Best Supporting Actress nominee.

Besides Cuaron's directing, Roma is also nominated for cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film, production design, sound editing, sound mixing and original screenplay.

Guerrero has acted in the series Narcos: Mexico, Flor de Ring and Besieged. He also played a supporting role in a Telemundo series focused on the life of pop singer Luis Miguel, according to Quien.

While #Roma Oscar nominees Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira have been a fixture on the awards circuit this year, their co-star Jorge Antonio Guerrero has not participated in any U.S. press events because his visa has been rejected three times: https://t.co/MTK6dqNMl1 pic.twitter.com/LWkcaRqNx1

— IndieWire (@IndieWire) January 23, 2019