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Diego Luna’s Passion

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01-05-2013

“Hola. Thank you so much for coming to my country,” grins Diego Luna. “Is it treating you nice?” We’re in Cancun to talk about Elysium, a sci fi action film from director Neill Blomkamp (District 9), that he stars in with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, about a man’s mission to save Earth – now […]

“Hola. Thank you so much for coming to my country,” grins Diego Luna. “Is it
treating you nice?”

We’re in Cancun to talk about Elysium, a sci fi action film from director Neill Blomkamp (District 9), that he stars in with Matt
Damon and Jodie Foster, about a man’s mission to save Earth
– now a ruined polarized world where the wealthy live on a man-made space station, high above the rest of the struggling population. But what Diego really wants
to talk about is his passion for directing his own movies…

“I have never worked in a science fiction film and it gave
me the opportunity to explore and play in a playground that I normally don’t
play in,” he says. “And it was
exciting – not just because of that, but also because it gave me the
opportunity to connect more in the conceptual and philosophical point of view. But I’m obsessed with directing now. I love it more than
anything else and I’m enjoying the journey so much. The the good thing is I never have to stop being an actor,
you know. I can act for the rest of my life and many have done that but I
started acting when I was 6 and and as an actor you’re always a tool for
someone else’s point of view to get out there. And one day I realized I wanted
to say something, and you cannot be an actor and try to say it because then you
become a pain in the ass. I always imagined myself directing and I started
producing at the beginning as an organic way to get there. I did a documentary
film about a Mexican boxer and his relation with politics and then I did my
first film and then I did this one. I’m still going to act every time there’s a
great director like Neill that invites me to an interesting project, but the
journey of directing is so intense and so profound and there’s so much learning
on the process and it’s so personal that I wouldn’t change it for anything. And I think it’s more than Hollywood, it’s tied with being a father in a way. I think as soon as I started to think
about the idea of fatherhood and what that means, I started to reflect on where I was and what I wanted to change
and I realized directing was the right way to kind of follow up on that
reflection.”

So for those who don’t know I have been for 3 years working
as a director on a film about the life of Cesar Chavez,
a story so amazing that
I don’t know why it hasn’t been told. It’s quite a heroic story about a simple
man, this labor organizer that was part of the Farm Workers Movement in the
’60s and ’70s that created the first union for farm workers. I think the States
needs to see a film like this – with the recent elections we realize, for
example, how important the Latino vote is today in that country and to
understand the country you need to understand the journey of Mexican-Americans
and the farm workers. It’s a film that hopefully will make people start
thinking about where the food comes from, you know. What needs to happen for a
guacamole to be here or ceviche (laughs)
you know, because we tend to eat it
and say oh, we’re so blessed but behind that there’s a lot of work and hard
conditions and it’s part of the responsibility of being alive and a citizen,
you know. When I choose to have something, this something comes from somewhere
and I should know what it means for this thing to be here. I believe that that
was something that the movement did in the ’70s, you know, where they asked
America to stop eating table grapes from California and the country reacted and
they basically boycotted the biggest industry in California and that’s amazing,
it tells you about the power that people have in their hands.  It’s
important we realize that and use that in order to change the gear and to change directions because otherwise
we’ll end up living in Elysium pretty soon – or rather, NOT in Elysium.”

On a more frivolous note, what’s with this hair?

He laughs. “This is as long as my hair has been
ever but I promised not to cut it until I show Chavez to an audience so I hope
it doesn’t grow much longer. You know, it’s kind of a mixture of like Snoop Dogg
meets Frida Kahlo!”

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Periodista independiente por más de 16 años (en Cine PREMIERE desde 2006). Se especializa en anime, comics, doblaje, tecnología y videojuegos. Sus sagas favoritas: Doctor Who, Star Trek y Star Wars. Batimaníaco, geek ochentero y hardcore gamer.

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