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Few roles for Hispanics in top Hollywood movies

  • FILE- This undated file image released by Fox Searchlight, Chiwetel Ejiofor portrays Solomon Northup in a scene from "12 Years A Slave." From "12 Years a Slave" to "The Butler" to "Fruitvale Station," 2013 has been a banner year for movies directed by black filmmakers. (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight Films, Jaap Buitendijk, File)

    FILE- This undated file image released by Fox Searchlight, Chiwetel Ejiofor portrays Solomon Northup in a scene from "12 Years A Slave." From "12 Years a Slave" to "The Butler" to "Fruitvale Station," 2013 has been a banner year for movies directed by black filmmakers. (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight Films, Jaap Buitendijk, File)

  • This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, left, and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler." From "12 Years a Slave" to "The Butler" to "Fruitvale Station," 2013 has been a banner year for movies directed by black filmmakers. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Anne Marie Fox)

    This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, left, and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler." From "12 Years a Slave" to "The Butler" to "Fruitvale Station," 2013 has been a banner year for movies directed by black filmmakers. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Anne Marie Fox)

  • This film publicity image released by The Weinstein Company shows Michael B. Jordan in a scene from "Fruitvale Station."  From "12 Years a Slave" to "The Butler" to "Fruitvale Station," 2013 has been a banner year for movies directed by black filmmakers. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Ron Koeberer)

    This film publicity image released by The Weinstein Company shows Michael B. Jordan in a scene from "Fruitvale Station." From "12 Years a Slave" to "The Butler" to "Fruitvale Station," 2013 has been a banner year for movies directed by black filmmakers. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Ron Koeberer)

  • FILE - This March 2, 2014 file photo shows actress Lupita Nyong'o, left, and director Steve McQueen celebrating on stage as they accept the award for best picture of the year for "12 Years a Slave" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 2013 was called a banner year for black actors, due to the success of films such as “Fruitvale Station,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “12 Years a Slave,” which made Steve McQueen the first black winner of the best-director Oscar. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - This March 2, 2014 file photo shows actress Lupita Nyong'o, left, and director Steve McQueen celebrating on stage as they accept the award for best picture of the year for "12 Years a Slave" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 2013 was called a banner year for black actors, due to the success of films such as “Fruitvale Station,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “12 Years a Slave,” which made Steve McQueen the first black winner of the best-director Oscar. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

  • FILE - This March 2, 2014, file photo shows Lupita Nyong’o accepting the award for best actress in a supporting role for "12 Years a Slave" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 2013 was called a banner year for black actors, due to the success of films such as “Fruitvale Station,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “12 Years a Slave,” which made Steve McQueen the first black winner of the best-director Oscar. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - This March 2, 2014, file photo shows Lupita Nyong’o accepting the award for best actress in a supporting role for "12 Years a Slave" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 2013 was called a banner year for black actors, due to the success of films such as “Fruitvale Station,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “12 Years a Slave,” which made Steve McQueen the first black winner of the best-director Oscar. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

  • FILE- This undated file image released by Fox Searchlight, Chiwetel Ejiofor portrays Solomon Northup in a scene from "12 Years A Slave." From "12 Years a Slave" to "The Butler" to "Fruitvale Station," 2013 has been a banner year for movies directed by black filmmakers. (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight Films, Jaap Buitendijk, File)
  • This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, left, and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler." From "12 Years a Slave" to "The Butler" to "Fruitvale Station," 2013 has been a banner year for movies directed by black filmmakers. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Anne Marie Fox)
  • This film publicity image released by The Weinstein Company shows Michael B. Jordan in a scene from "Fruitvale Station."  From "12 Years a Slave" to "The Butler" to "Fruitvale Station," 2013 has been a banner year for movies directed by black filmmakers. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Ron Koeberer)
  • FILE - This March 2, 2014 file photo shows actress Lupita Nyong'o, left, and director Steve McQueen celebrating on stage as they accept the award for best picture of the year for "12 Years a Slave" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 2013 was called a banner year for black actors, due to the success of films such as “Fruitvale Station,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “12 Years a Slave,” which made Steve McQueen the first black winner of the best-director Oscar. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)
  • FILE - This March 2, 2014, file photo shows Lupita Nyong’o accepting the award for best actress in a supporting role for "12 Years a Slave" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 2013 was called a banner year for black actors, due to the success of films such as “Fruitvale Station,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “12 Years a Slave,” which made Steve McQueen the first black winner of the best-director Oscar. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

A new study shows that less than 5 percent of actors in top Hollywood films are Hispanic, and that Latinas are more likely than women of any other ethnicity to appear partially or totally naked on screen.

The study of the top 100 grossing films in 2013, by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg school, found that the make-believe world of movies generally does not reflect what America looks like in real life.

About 74 percent of the actors in the study were white, compared with a U.S. population that’s 63 percent non-Hispanic white.

Hispanics, who are 17 percent of the nation but had 4.9 percent of film roles, were the most underrepresented group on screen. That’s despite the fact that Hispanics bought about 25 percent of all movie tickets and are more likely than any other group to go to the movies, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.

Black characters represented about 14 percent of those in the films, which is comparable to America’s 13 percent black population. However, 17 percent of the films examined in the study did not have a single black speaking role, and half of the films had a smaller percentage than the population, which indicates that a few movies with predominantly black casts balanced out the many movies with few black actors.

2013 was called a banner year for black actors, due to the success of films such as Fruitvale Station, Lee Daniels’ The Butler and 12 Years a Slave, which made Steve McQueen the first black filmmaker to direct a best-picture winning film.

Hispanic stars such as the Dominican Zoe Saldana, the New York-born Puerto Rican Jennifer Lopez and the Spaniard Antonio Banderas appeared on the big screen.

Yet there has been no significant change since 2007 in the number of nonwhite actors in top films, said Stacy Smith, director of USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and author of the study being released Monday.

“The only obstacle here is imagination,” Smith said in an interview.

She said that the number of black directors remained low – 6 percent of all directors in the study – and they were much more likely to use diverse casts. Hispanic directors were not counted.

The study examined all 3,932 actors who spoke at least one word in the top 100 films of 2013. USC did similar counts in 2007-2010 and 2012.

Asians filled 4.4 percent of roles in 2013, compared with their 5.3 percent of the U.S. population. One percent of roles were played by “Middle Eastern” actors, less than 1 percent by Native Americans and 1 percent by “other.”

Almost 38 percent of Latina actresses appeared partially or fully naked on screen, the study said. That compared with 32 percent of white females, 24 percent of black females and 18 percent of Asian actresses.

“Latinas have this stereotype that we’re sex symbols . . . that we walk sexy and (have) this flavor,” said Roselyn Sanchez, a Puerto Rican actress who has appeared in such films as Act of Valor and Rush Hour 2.

She had no explanation for why Hispanics have so few movie roles. “It’s not about talent,” she said.

About 17 percent of Hispanic males were shown in “tight, alluring, or revealing clothing,” the most of any group.

Some 14 percent of Asian males, 13 percent of black actors and 8 percent of white actors were shown in similar attire.

Black males were more likely than those from any other group to be shown in a committed relationship, at 68 percent. Asian males were the least likely, at 29 percent.

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