Netflix is working on getting a visa for Jorge Antonio Guerrero, the Mexican on-screen character who played Fermín in “Roma,” so he can go to the Academy Awards, Variety has learned.
Guerrero has connected for a U.S. visa three times, and has been denied each time. He was at first rejected for a traveler visa, and two resulting endeavors were denied in spite of help from Netflix and the producers.
In an article distributed on Tuesday, Guerrero told the magazine Quien that he had been not able go to the Golden Globes or gala screenings. He said that he had a composed invitation from the makers, however that didn’t help.
“I brought a letter that they didn’t want to read,” he told the magazine. “On my second try, they said that I was going to work, and I answered no, that I was going as a guest. And that last try was a little memorable, because it seemed like there was anger on the part of the woman who interviewed me.”
The State Department said it couldn’t react to a demand for comment on the issue because of the government shutdown.
“Roma” was selected for 10 Academy Awards on Tuesday, including best picture and actress for Yalitza Aparicio. The ceremony will be held Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
Guerrero has showed up in the Telemundo series “Luis Miguel,” and has a job in the next season of the Chilean TV series “Besieged.”
In an interview with the Mexican newspaper El Universal distributed Thursday, Guerrero said he isn’t annoyed by the visa dismissal.
“I have not felt at any moment offended, angry, or victimized,” he said. “Nobody has done anything to me, that’s very clear. How many other people does that happen to? How many people have to risk their life to go to the United States, not to be invited to a red carpet, but in order to work?”