In addition to being one of the blockbuster movies of the moment, ‘Rogue One’ has brought a positive message and hope to the heart of its fans, and all thanks to the performance of Diego Luna, who surprised everyone with his perfect command of English, but always retaining his Mexican roots.
VER GALERÍA Diego Luna, happy at the premiere of ‘Rogue One’. Photo: Getty Images
Through social media, we learnt the poignant story of a young woman who took her father, of Mexican origin, to the film and stressed how important it had been for him to see how an actor of the stature of Diego Luna retained his Mexican accent on the big screen. Luna, 37, read the poignant story and shared it in his Twitter account and wrote, "I got emotional reading this."
I got emotional reading this! #RogueOneStarWars pic.twitter.com/kfNXxYxWWI
— diego luna (@diegoluna_) 4 de enero de 2017
The story begins as follows:
“I took my father to see ‘Rogue One’ today. I’ve wanted to take him for a while. I wanted my Mexican father, with his thick Mexican accent, to experience what it was like to see a heron in a blockbuster film, speak the way he does. And althoufh I wasn’t sure if it was going to resonate with him, I took him anyway. When Diego Luna’s character came on screen and started speaking, my dad nudged me and said, ‘he has a havey accent.’ I was like, ‘Yup.’”
VER GALERÍA Diego Luna and part of the cast of Rogue One. Photo: Getty Images
“When the film was over and we were walking to the car, he turns to me and says, ‘did you notice that he had accent?’ And I said, ‘Yeah dad, just like yours.’ Then my dad asked me if the film had made a lot of money. I told him it was the second highest grossing film of 2016 despite it only being out for 18 days in 2016 (since new year just came around). He then asked me if people liked the film, I told him that it had a huge following online and great reviews. He then asked me why Diego Luna hadn’t changed his accent and I told him that Diego has openly talked about keeping his accent and how proud he is of it. And my dad was silent for a while and then he said, ‘And he was a main character.’ And I said, ‘He was.’ And my dad was so happy. As we drove home he started telling me about other Mexican actors that he thinks should be in movies in America. Representation matters.