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

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Here's Even More Proof That Immigrants Are The Backbone Of America

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Here’s Even More Proof That Immigrants Are The Backbone Of America

Without immigrants, the United States would be the verge of economic disaster by the year 2050. As of today, nearly 15 percent of the United States’ population is over the age of 65, and by the year 2050, that number is expected to reach around 22 percent. This is a HUGE problem, because, according to FiveThirtyEight, “The aging of the U.S. population poses major economic challenges: rising healthcare costs, more retirement spending and, crucially, fewer working-age Americans to help pay for it all.” Thankfully, immigrants are giving this country’s economy the boost it needs to avoid this collapse. Here are a few reasons why the U.S. depends on its immigrant population.

Immigrants keep our country young.

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Without immigrants, the U.S. would be facing a severe baby drought. Since the 1970s, citizens of the U.S. have had fewer and fewer babies, and the only reason our birthrate has increased is entirely because of immigrants. And as you know, babies grow up to be adults who have jobs and pay taxes and social security – money this country needs to exist. So, hey, thanks immigrants.

Immigrants bring business to the U.S.

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Most immigrants come to the U.S. to work, and as a result, labor force in the U.S. receives a much needed boost in productivity. Nearly 16 percent of the work force in this country comes from immigrant labor. To put this number in to perspective, the immigrant population in the U.S. is only 13 percent.

Immigrants create jobs.

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Immigrant workers are 25 percent more likely to start their own business than regular U.S. born citizens. And we’re not just talking blue collar jobs minimum wage job creation. Between 1995 and 2005, over 50 percent of the industry in Silicon Valley can thank the efforts of immigrants. It’s hard not to see that the American Dream is very much kept alive by immigrants looking for more from life.

Sadly…

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Immigrants will probably always suffer from societal bias and prejudice, but the U.S. would suffer even more if it lost this crucial part of its makeup. Immigrants have always been part of the American experiment, and no matter how politicized they become, we can’t forget how much this country owes to each and every person – past and present – who came here for a chance at a better life. For more information, check out the entire story at ThreeFiftyEight.

[H/T] Immigrants Are Keeping America Young — And The Economy Growing

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

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