Diego Luna Gets Emotional Over Fan’s Response to ‘Rogue One’

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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A heartwarming story found on Tumblr brought “Rogue One” star Diego Luna down to earth on Tuesday night. The post, which Luna tweeted with the note “I got emotional reading this!,’ tells of Tumblr user Perls, a “Star Wars” fan who brought her father along to see the new film. The fan, whose father, like Luna, is Mexican, wanted her father to see himself represented onscreen. While Luna was touched by the post, his onscreen presence did even more for the girl’s father.

“My dad was so happy,” the fan wrote of her father’s response to the film and Luna’s large role in it.

In the franchise’s most recent film, Luna plays Captain Andor, who retains Luna’s Mexican accent. While the character’s origins go unexplained in the film, the very presence of an actor who looks different from Han Solo, Luke Skywalker or Anakin Skywalker can make a difference. For this fan’s father, it meant the world. The fan even filmed her father’s response to hearing about Luna’s tweet, a response filled with immense joy. “Representation matters,” she wrote.

Luna has spoken in the past on the importance of diversity in mainstream films. He told Variety in an interview that the audience has the power to move the industry in the right direction.

“I think it’s time for audiences to shape the industry we need and it’s always asking for the stories we want to see portrayed in cinema.”

When fans like this Tumblr user and her father attend and praise films with a diverse set of actors like Rogue One, Luna thinks the demand for more will be too loud to ignore.

See the tweet below.

 

 

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  1. Não tem uma federação pra chegar e também expor: Tem recta de fulano de tal, eu ia passando na rua e também este me difamou. http://www.autoguide.com/email-a-friend.html?url=HTTP://www.templodequimbanda.com.br/perguntas-frequentes/

  2. Lily says:

    It’s touching to see how much it can mean to people who don’t usually see anyone who looks or sounds like them in their popular media, to actually get one at long last.

    Diego Luna is a fantastic actor, the franchise did itself a huge service by casting him – he deserves his role on merit and not some cursory diversity checklist (same goes for Felicity Jones as Jyn). Anyway I don’t see the problem with casting people with non-British/American accents, this is supposed to be a fantasy featuring several different planets, why is it implausible or spoiling the movie if someone has an accent that you don’t usually hear in Hollywood?

  3. John says:

    “the very presence of an actor who looks different from Han Solo, Luke Skywalker or Anakin Skywalker can make a difference”

    Diego Luna doesn’t look different from these characters. If you read the note, you’ll see that it wasn’t the appearance, but the accent of the new character that made a difference for an audience member.

    It’s important to recognize that Mexico is a diverse, multiracial society, much like the United States. It is not a race in and of itself. You’ll find people that people as racially diverse as Louis C.K. and David Ortiz come from Central America and the Hispanic parts of the Caribbean.

    Although he may sound different, Diego Luna looks much like the traditional heroes of Hollywood history. His look in the new Star Wars movie has some echoes of Aragon from Lord of the Rings. (Although it’s largely irrelevant to this discussion, I also think he has a striking similarity to the Spanish footballer David Silva.)

  4. jedi77 says:

    As sweet as that story is, and as fun as it is for me (I am Danish) to se Mads Mikkelsen in a Star Wars movie, the fact that 80% of the actors were speaking with heavy accents bothered to the extent that it ruined the film.

    For one thing, accents can be charming (Mozart in the Jungle, anything with Ruben Blades), but they can also be a hindrance for the actors and their ability to relate what they are saying to the audience. Their performances suffer from them not speaking in their native tongue.

    Anyone who has seen Penelope Cruz or Antonio Banderas in spanish language movies, knows that their acting is so much better, their performances so much deeper than when they act in english language films.

    Inclusion, representation, it’s all good. But it does nothing to promote the acting skills of the people being represented. And it ruins the film.

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