Salma Hayek blasts Donald Trump’s remarks about Mexicans, but hopes …

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REVEALED: Mexican national Salma Hayek hates Donald Trump so much for his anti-immigrant comments that she REFUSES to even say his name.

Salma Hayek wouldn’t even say the word “Trump” when asked how she felt after the GOP presidential hopeful assailed Mexican immigrants as “rapists” flowing across the border. “Because I know him a little bit, it’s a mistake to respond because he will use this to promote himself,” Hayek told The News’ Ethan Sacks about the Republican front-runner. “The Mexican community may be upset that I wasn’t saying something … but I refuse to utter his name and allow him to use me for self-promotion.” Expectations were high because Hayek is the highest-profile star of Mexican descent in Hollywood, and known as a foe of discrimination against immigrants.The actress said that the presidential hopeful had offended her so deeply with his attacks on illegal immigrants, particularly from her native Mexico, that his name is now toxic to her.

Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina and Quvenzhane Wallis attended the L.A. premiere of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, an animated film adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s classic book of poetry, on Wednesday night at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater.WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – “I’m aware that he would say anything to attract attention and create the publicity around him,” Salma Hayek told E! during an online interview when talking about Donald Trump. Hayek, who comes from Mexico but is a naturalized U.S. citizen, said that Trump’s remarks are proof that ‘discrimination and racism is a bigger problem in this country than we accept it is’. The Prophet features eight of Gibran’s poems animated by artists Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), Michal Socha (The Simpsons), Oscar winner Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Bill Plympton (Guard Dog), Joann Sfar (The Rabbit’s Cat), Mohammed Harib (Freej) and Paul and Gaetan Brizzi (The Emperor’s New Groove).

Dustin Hoffman, Colin Farrell, director Jim Sheridan, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria and will.i.am were among the guests mingling with producer-star Hayek, co-stars Quvenzhane Wallis and Alfred Molina, director Roger Allers, Participant’s Jeff Skoll and GKids’ Eric Beckman. The Mexico-born actress sat down while promoting her new film, Kahil Gibran’s “The Prophet.” She told E! that she wasn’t surprised after hearing the comments he made about Mexican immigrants. Besides, she sees a silver lining in how Donald Trump’s comments underscore the prejudice immigrants face. “We have not, as Americans, grasped the level, the size, of the problem of discrimination in this country,” she says. “We have been living a lie, pretending we’re a country that no longer discriminates.” Hayek seemed to reference Trump’s ownership of the Miss Universe pageant and his “Apprentice” role on NBC, noting, “America is not a beauty pageant. Hayek hopes the film resonates with audiences of all ages and encourages parents to bring their children, even if they think the subject matter may be too advanced for them. “I tell everyone to bring their children, because they will surprise you. During the interview she refused to mention his name, implying she didn’t want to give him “extra publicity.” Hayek, though, believed that Trump’s remarks helped shed light on discrimination.

At least he brought a light into a real problem.’ Trump has been eviscerated ever since he took aim at Mexico on the first day on his presidential campaign, terming illegal immigrants from the country ‘drug dealers’ and ‘rapists’. Sometimes we underestimate their intellect and they are not exposed to things that challenge them.” When her own daughter, Valentina Pinault, 7, saw the film, Hayek said she was surprised by her reaction. “She wrote a poem and it’s about how we are spirits and therefore nothing can contain us or incarcerate us.

The reality of America and the world is tougher.” The gorgeous star, now a naturalized citizen, told the fashion mag, “I had to endure the worst time of all in terms of racial discrimination in Hollywood when I first started out,” explaining that “it was inconceivable to American directors and producers that a Mexican woman could have a lead role.” When Trump announced his bid for the White House on June 16, the real estate mogul now famously said of Mexicans, “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. I wanted to make it entertaining so that it appeals to a broad audience, but at the same time allow us to dive into the philosophy and get deep.” Despite the film’s philosophical elements, Hayek told THR that The Prophet will appeal to both children and adults. “We have a story that is very amicable for children, and it’s interesting for adults, because it’s about freedom of speech.

When people see the film, so many people cry, and I know that we’ve done well because we know that they are moved,” She said. “It’s a movie about connection. And some, I assume, are good people.” In July he doubled down on the statement, saying in a press release, “What can be simpler or more accurately stated?

I said that if I get the nomination I will win with the Hispanics. ‘I’m number one in Nevada, I’m number one in North Carolina, and number one nationally. The film features eight vignettes based on Gibran’s poems interwoven with an original story by writer-director Allers about the precocious daughter of a woman who cleans house for the prophet Mustafa, who is under house arrest for his writings and art.

Allers got to help put together an international roster of renowned animators, including Bill Plympton and Tomm Moore, to create the vignettes. “That was one of the things that attracted me to this project — working with all of these people around the world,” he said. “We really wanted the visions of all these people. And I’m thinking, ‘How am I going to stitch this together into a flowing, seamless movie?’” There are 26 poems in Gibran’s book, and Allers chose eight to feature in the film. “There were three I knew had to be done — love, marriage and children.

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