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.
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.)