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.
¡Diego Luna está en nuestra portada de noviembre! En entrevista exclusiva, el actor, productor, director y guionista da detalles inéditos sobre su partición en la próxima película de Star Wars, saga donde es el primer mexicano en participar, habla de la ausencia de su madre y lo que odia de la fama. El reconocido fotógrafo Yu Tsai fue quien realizó el shooting en la ciudad de Los Ángeles. | #ExclusivaVF #DiegoLuna #StarWars @yutsai88
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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.