Guillermo, the lovable security guard from Jimmy Kimmel Live!, was sent to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens world premiere to have a little fun on the red carpet. Dressed as ‘Arturito,’ Guillermo interviews a few Stormtroopers and brings in some cosplayers for a costume contest. Can anyone beat Guillermo’s costume?
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Recently, news broke that beloved Mexican-American director Robert Rodriguez is set to executive producer Disney+’s new Star Wars series, The Book of Boba Fett. This news broke at the same event that Disney announced that Rosario Dawson will be getting her own Star Wars series on Disney+, a Mandalorian spinoff entitled Ahsoka.
Pair these events with Pedro Pascal headlining The Mandalorian, and it appears that Disney is making some real and concerted effort to hire Latino talent.
And the pattern didn’t just start this year. Since the franchise’s reboot in 2015, Disney has consistently hired Latinos to take part in Star Wars Universe in front of and behind the camera.
In light of this, we’ve compiled a definitive list of all of the Latinos that have been involved in the Star Wars Universe. Take a look below!
1. Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron
Guatemalan-American actor Oscar Isaac was one of the first Latinos to set off Disney’s streak of hiring Latino talent for the Star Wars franchise. Isaac (nee Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada) played Poe Dameron, a fighter pilot who rose in the ranks to become General of the Resistance. He appeared in all three movies of the Star Wars reboot trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.
2. Pedro Pascal as Mando
Chilean-American actor Pedro Pascal plays the titular character in The Mandalorian (his true name is a spoiler), a solitary bounty hunter who travels to the “outer reaches” of the galaxy in order to protect Baby Yoda.
3. Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano
This season, Rosario Dawson played Ahsoka Tano in The Mandolorian–an alien of the Togruta race who is also a Jedi knight and army commander. It was also recently announced that the actress of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent would be headlining a spinoff series on Disney+ entitled Ahsoka.
4. Diego Luna as Cassian Andor
Mexican actor Diego Luna played Rebel Alliance soldier Cassian Andor in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Luna will also star in his own standalone series revolving around Cassian Andor on Disney+ called Andor.
5. Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata
Mexican-born actress Lupita Nyong’o played alien pirate queen Maz Kanata via motion capture in all three of the Star Wars reboot trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.
6. Benicio Del Toro as DJ
Boricua actor Benicio Del Toro played the villainous hacker DJ in The Last Jedi.
7. Jimmy Smits as Senator Bail Organa
Brooklyn-born Boricua actor Jimmy Smits played Bail Organa in two of the Star Wars prequel movies, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith as well as reprising his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
8. Horatio Sanz as Mythrol
Although you might not recognize him through such heavy character makeup, Chilean-America comedian Horatio Sanz played Mythrol, a wanted fugitive that was carbon-frozen by Pascal’s character in the first episode of The Mandolorian.
9. John Leguizamo as Gor Koresh
Again, you’d be hard-pressed to recognize John Leguizamo amidst all the heavy alien makeup, but the Colombian-American actor played the character Gor Koresh in The Mandolorian–boastful forager of the Abyssin alien race.
10. Robert Rodriguez
As we reported above, Robert Rodriguez is a legendary Mexican-American director who helmed a popular episode of The Mandolorian entitled “The Tragedy”. He is now set to executive produce a new Disney+ Star Wars series called The Book of Boba Fett.
11. Adria Arjona
Puerto Rican actress Adria Arjona has not officially appeared in any Star Wars properties yet, but it was recently announced that she will be appearing in Diego Luna’s Star Wars spinoff series Andor as a yet-to-be-named character.
12. Pablo Hidalgo
Pablo Hidalgo is the definition of behind-the-scenes talent. The Chilean-Canadian LucasFilm creative executive is in charge of keeping narrative and creative cohesion between all of the stories within the Star Wars Universe. In essence, he is the definitive Star Wars expert.
Jennifer Lopez was stopped on the red carpet to get her response to Internet sensation Baby Yoda, and, after being initially caught off guard, she told Variety that she, in fact, likes Baby Yoda. If you’re Latino and, so far, you’ve just “liked” all the Baby Yoda hype and memes, let us be the first to introduce you to the Latinized series of Baby Yoda – “Yodito.” Lil’ Yodito can be found listening to Daddy Yankee or “Despacito,” no matter how many times The Mandalorian, known by the Latino Internet as ‘Papi Mando,’ turns off the radio to their spaceship. Yodito uses VapoRub, and sips tea when their abuelita asks them about ‘el novio.’
Yodito sees us, and we hope J.Lo sees Lil’ Yodito in all their glory.
The verdict is still out on whether J.Lo actually knows what Baby Yoda is.
The Variety reporter stopped Lopez on the red carpet of the 2019 IFP Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York to ask her if she’s “seen Baby Yoda.” Confusion washed over her face as she asked, “Baby Yoda? No.” The reporter tells the Nuyorican “Hustlers” producer and actress that she “has to see Baby Yoda.” She turns to someone else to ask, “What’s Baby Yoda?” As the woman begins to break down Baby Yoda to J.Lo, her glowing face breaks into a smile and she laughingly says, “Oh yes I have seen it. I like Baby Yoda. Baby Yoda’s amazing.”
For those of you who don’t live on the Internet, Baby Yoda is a character in Disney +’s The Mandalorian, a series set in the Star Wars universe. What the Internet calls “Baby Yoda” is scripted as “The Child,” who is the same species as Yoda, but appears as a small toddler, who has yet to speak a single word. The Child is actually a beautifully designed puppet, and the Mandalorian takes to him or her immediately. The Mandalorian, often called “Mando” by the other characters he meets, protects The Child in a quirky, loveable relationship. Since The Child’s appearance on Disney +, a Baby Fever has taken hold of the Internet.
On the Latino Internet, it’s more like Papi Mando taking care of Yodito with all the ways our parents took care of us.
On Latino Twitter, Mando takes care of Baby Yoda with the age-old panacea of VapoRub and that magical poem that almost always ended in a tickle fight: “Sana, sana, colita de rana…” The fact that the English-speaking world is calling The Mandalorian “Mando,” has people like Aaron Duran pointing out via Twitter that “Mando = Armando and he is clearly a space tío. Yodito shall be canon. This is the way.” Other people are asking, “Is it Yodito or Yodita? I don’t want to assume the babies’ gender.” To clarify, Yodito is already 50 years old, but simply has the appearance of a baby.
All we know is that we agree with @LatinGeeks: “Baby Yodito is truly one of us.”
Tío Mando is letting Yodito learn his own lessons and letting him try Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. It’s what all our tíos told us when we wanted to try a sip of their Patron, also. “El Mando y Yodito is my favorite novela,” tweeted Latinx Geeks.
Just yesterday, Julián Castro tweeted a photo of Yodito sipping Lipton tea alongside some political tea: “If the Democratic Party wants a field that’s representative of its members and its voters, it probably shouldn’t have two states as white as Iowa and New Hampshire vote first every year,” Castro retweeted Nate Silver. In fact, Yodito is trending even higher than most 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, according to Axios.
Yup, Yodito has their own extremely miniature esclava.
“Yeah, but when is Mando piercing Yodito’s ears? It’s long overdue,” Enrique Rea asked. Another Yodito fan posited that Yodito probably smells like that Royal Violets cheap perfume our mamis subjected us to as infants. As the Internet began asking what Baby Yoda’s first word will be, Latino Internet definitively answered. Yodito’s first world will be “Papi.” *cries*
Yodito is also probably “gay as hell.”
*sips tea* I feel so seen. Thank you @LatinxGeeks for making Yodito uniquely belonging to Latinos. We think that J.Lo needs to meet Yodito to move past her mere like-dom for Baby Yoda. Yodito is the most loveable muñeco lindo on the Internet right now.