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So what happened to the movie Sugar Kings? Where Robert De Niro would play Alfy Fanjul?

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Back in 2005 Robert De Niro was planning to both produce and star-in a movie about the Fanjul's titled Sugar Kings (later changed to "Sugarland.")

The Palm Beach Post reported that a script for a movie based on the Fanjuls called Sugarland had been shelved temporarily because of scheduling conflicts. Jodie Foster was reportedly set to direct and star in the film as a lawyer fighting for the rights of mistreated sugar cane workers. Robert De Niro was supposed to play Alfy Fanjul, one of the founding brothers of the Fanjul sugar empire.

In April 2008 Jodie Foster who was to direct Sugar Kings was interviewed by Mathieu Carratier of France's Premiere magazine:

Carratier: "Another of your projects, Sugarland, also fell through. Why, despite your popularity and that of Robert De Niro, who was supposed to act in the film, did it not come together?"

Foster: "Isn’t it unbelievable? But that’s the way it is. On top of that, Robert quit the project.

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As well, known, they've been close chums for years.

Now regarding another close chum of the Clinton's:

"The most telling thing about Alfy Fanjul. Is that he can get the President (Clinton) on the phone during the middle of a blow-job. That tells you all you need to know about their influence." (Carl Hiassen in Vanity Fair 2001)

(We wonder, however, if given Alfy's recent Cuba initiatives Hiassen would still be quite as "edgy" about him in public. After all, they're on the same team now.)

7 comments to So what happened to the movie Sugar Kings? Where Robert De Niro would play Alfy Fanjul?

  • Rayarena

    I was reading the posts on the Washington Post comments section and people are already defending Alfy Fanjul. He went from being the "King of Corporate Welfare," an "ex-batistiano," one of "a handful of aging Cuban exiles who support the embargo," a man who is polluting the Everglades, a racist beast who has the ex-wife of David Duke and current wife of Don Black [Chloe Black] who founded the white supremacist website, Stormfront, on his staff to an enlightened soul! He did this all in the span of a few days and all it took for that to happen was for him to say that he wants to engage the regime! Amazing!

  • Rayarena

    I was reading the posts on the Washington Post comments section and people are already defending Alfy Fanjul. He went from being the "King of Corporate Welfare," an "ex-batistiano," one of "a handful of aging Cuban exiles who supports the embargo," a man who is polluting the Everglades, a racist beast who has the ex-wife of David Duke and current wife of Don Black [Chloe Black] who founded the white supremacist website, Stormfront, on his staff to an enlightened soul! He did this all in the span of a few days and all it took for that to happen was for him to say that he wants to do business with the castro brothers! Amazing!

  • Great observation, Ray. Well worth its own post...stay tuned.

  • asombra

    So are yellow teeth now PC? Or does Hillary want her teeth to match her hair dye? Sheesh.

  • asombra

    Ostensibly serious politicians should keep entertainment celebrities at arm's length and never get too chummy with them. It is unseemly, undignified, inappropriate and trivializing. Politicians who play the celebrity game (except after retirement) are simply not respectable.

  • asombra

    Maybe that get-up Hillary's wearing cost a bundle, but it's awful. She needs to be dressed by people who know how, and this looks like her own idea. The woman can't dress her way out of a paper bag. What the hell is that blue 19th century military piping doing there? And is that her slip showing or what? And seriously, those teeth scream "Dental hygienist, STAT!" What a disaster.

  • asombra

    Humberto, don't be paranoid. De Niro quit that movie to be able to star, I mean be in, another "Fuckers" movie with Barbra Streisand. My, how the mighty have fallen.