Rita Moreno, who’s actually Puerto Rican, was even covered in the same brown makeup while filming, which she never understood: “I remember saying to the makeup man one day ― because it was like putting mud on my face, it was really dark, and I’m a fairly fair Hispanic ― ‘My God! Why do we all have to be the same color? Puerto Ricans are French and Spanish.’ And it’s true, we are very many different colors.” The makeup man responded with, “What? Are you racist?” Moreno was so stunned that she couldn’t even respond.
—brennap48 and sophiebagheri