The Movie ‘Logan’ Is Loaded With Latino References. Here’s What You Might’ve Missed
Dafne Keen, born Daphne Keen Fernández, is your average 12 year-old pre-teen, except she was born to actor parents, climbs bookcases, and managed to bruise Hugh Jackman in her audition for the most important, most bad-ass role of 20th Century Fox’s recent release and the final Wolverine film, “Logan.”
*SO MANY SPOILERS AHEAD.*
Dafne plays the super-cool, pink-sunglasses-rocking, unicorn-shirt-wearing, bilingual mutant Laura, or as she’s better known in the comics “X-23.”
“They see me rollin’ they hatin’…”
She is, as you guessed it, Wolverine’s daughter. And no, he isn’t, as I assumed from the trailer, a dead-beat dad.
“Dad, can I borrow the car tonight?” “No sweetie, I’ve got villains to gut.”
The film revolves around Wolverine and Professor-X helping Laura go from Mexico City, to North Dakota and into Canada, with an army of soldiers trying to destroy her.
As you can see, the soldiers don’t really stand a chance. Aw, she takes after su papá.
In real life, actress Dafne Keen is a gymnast and martial artist, which is why she was so perfect for this role.
Whoever said taking candy from a baby was easy, hasn’t met this kid.
There are several Latino and bilingual co-stars in the film, like “Orange Is The New Black” star Elizabeth Rodriguez.
She plays nurse Gabriella, who tries to save Laura and get her to North Dakota to a mutant haven called Eden.
And Jason Genao who plays Rictor, a young mutant and friend of Laura.
Rictor is a mutant, like Laura, made in a lab to have seismic powers able to move land and manipulate earth.
Wolverine also gets into a fight with several Spanish-speaking gangsters trying to steal his limo.
Does this look like the type of gringo you want to rob a car from?
The film moves in and out of Mexico, using images of the border and has a scene with drunk kids hate-shouting “USA! USA!”
The theme of border crossing adds a current theme to the movie.
In the film, Laura pretends to be mute, until she bursts into Spanish and punches Wolverine square in the face urging him to help her find her friends.
I wonder how parent-teacher conferences will go. Yikes…
We can’t wait to see where Dafne ends up next! She really killed this role, and her character Laura, killed just about everyone else.
You go girl, you cut that arm off! Boys have cooties. Ew!
How did you feel about this young Spanish speaker in a leading role? Tag a friend who was blown away by Dafne!
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