23 | MAR | 2019

How Diego Luna's accent in Rogue One moved a Mexican migrant

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The Mexican actor shared the migrant's moving story to his Twitter account.

Diego Luna's accent in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” moved a Mexican migrant in the U.S.

The Mexican actor shared the moving story to his Twitter account about a student who took her 60-year-old-father to see the Star Wars film:

"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 hero in a blockbuster film, speak the way he does. And although 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 heavy accent.” I was like, “Yup.” When the film was over and we were walking to the car, he turns to me and says, “did you notice that he had an 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."

The movie has done very well in Mexico, and many fans were surprised to see Luna on the big screen.

“The most important thing was to see a Latino play such an important role. It's not that common, especially in these types of movies, and the way things are going in the world, it's very good to see such a diverse and multicultural team of actors,” said one fan at the movie's premiere in Mexico. 

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