February 24, 2006

Raul Julia’s Films to Be Boycotted and Burned

The latest buzz around Mexico’s Latin community is that Latin America’s college activist groups plan to boycott and burn Raul Julia’s films in response to defamatory allegations by the late actor’s widow.

Hollywood — The latest buzz around Mexico’s Latin community is that Latin America’s college activist groups plan to boycott and burn Raul Julia’s films in response to defamatory allegations by the late actor’s widow.

In late September 2005, the New York Times printed an article stating that Raul Julia’s widow, Merel Polloway, believes “an impostor claiming to be the son of my late husband” lives in Hollywood and aspires to be an actor and producer; his name is Raul Julia-Levy. Polloway continues to state that Julia-Levy’s real name is Salvador Alba Fuentes.

Since the publication of the New York Times article, Latin American publications have printed articles where Julia-Levy refutes Polloway’s claims. Additionally, news organizations like terra have hosted articles refuting Polloway’s claims.

Latin American’s have shown their support of Raul Julia-Levy on the website culturalia, a well known and trusted website based in Spain. Numerous supporters have expressed their love and admiration for Julia-Levy and their disappointment and disgust with Polloway. Julia-Levy’s fans have stated that they would boycott Raul Julia’s films in retaliation to Pollo-way’s statements and that a public apology is being requested on behalf of Julia-Levy.

Additionally, Julia-Levy’s supporters have even stated that they are unaware that Julia-Levy is related to the late actor Raul Julia. One supporter states that in Argentina Raul Julia is not even known, but Julia-Levy is highly recognized for his work in Latin American television and cinema productions.

On the site, one person writes that his name is Salvador Alba Fuentes and that he is suffering the effects of Polloway’s actions. People now confuse him with Julia-Levy.

The late actor Raul Julia is best known for his roles in The Addams Family, Kiss of a Spider Women, and Street Fighter; whereas, Raul Julia-Levy is known in the Latin American community for his roles in Latin American soap operas and movies, as well as his humanitarian contributions while working with prominent and powerful people in Latin America. Julia-Levy raised over $400,000 for the construction of homes for the indigenous people in Chihuahua, Mexico. In the United States, he has produced and starred in numerous films.

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