A Few People Were Hurt While Shooting Star Wars, But It Was Worth It, Says Diego Luna

The U.S. release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is still over a month away, but November’s issue of Vanity Fair Mexico just gave fans some teasers straight from one of its stars, Diego Luna. Set between “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope,” “Rogue One” focuses on the mission to capture the plans to the Death Star and deliver them to the Rebel Alliance. Without getting too far into spoiler territory, here are just a few bits Luna shared in his interview.

The special effects in “Rogue One” presented a real danger to the actors.



Following in the footsteps of “The Force Awakens,” many of the on screen explosions were done in real time, which caused several actors to suffer injuries on set. Diego was no exception, as he told Vanity Fair, “I took a lot of injuries. My chest still hurts a lot. There are some accidents that will actually end up in the final cut of the film.” Diego also explained that he damaged his cornea after debris became lodged in his eye. As a result, Luna ended up having to wear an eye patch during his final days on set.

“Rogue One” is full of easter eggs.


Though the story is set apart from the traditional “Star Wars” story arc, Diego – who plays Captain Cassian Andor – reassured Vanity Fair that “Rogue One” is “full of references, small tributes and characters that fall in this chronology of events.” We won’t be entirely sure what these tributes are until the movie is released, but the trailers, and the Offical “Rogue One” Instagram definitely offer several hints.

“Rogue One” is the most realistic portrayal of the “Star Wars” universe.


Diego explains that though “Rogue One” is based in a fantasy world, the movie is all about the drama of the people and their mission. “The characters are very similar to us,” Diego told Vanity Fair. “They are heroes with no powers. What they have is a conviction and desire to change reality.” No doubt, we’re definitely excited to see what a talented actor like Luna will bring to this movie.

The story is told from the point of view of its main female protagonist.


There are numerous websites devoted to uncovering exactly how Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso plays into the “Star Wars” universe, but one thing we know for a fact came from Diego: “The story in the movie is seen through the eyes of Jyn Erso.”

Also: If you want to read up more on Jyn’s potential “Star Wars” lineage, check out this link right here which might contain spoilers.

Even with his acting chops, Diego was surprised to get the role.


For fans of Diego, casting him in this role is a no-brainer, but as Diego told Vanity Fair, “I didn’t see it coming. I was so excited and I needed some time to relax and realize what happened.” The casting of Diego continues the trend of Star Wars bringing in actors from diverse backgrounds, which has always been part of the charm of Star Wars. In a universe where there’s an entire planet full of Ewoks, it’s definitely nice to see a few Latinos in the mix. mitú even covered the fact that Diego got to keep his real accent while playing Captain Cassian Andor. It’s a good time to be Latino, even if that time was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Be sure to check out the entire piece in November’s issue of Vanity Fair Mexico.

READ: This Diego Luna Commercial Is So Moving We Called Our Immigrant Parents After Watching It

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide


Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story


Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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