Diego Luna is a rising ship
Dec 8, 2018

Diego is featured on the most recent issue of GQ Mexico, that brings “The Men of the Year”. Interviewed by Alejandro Mancilla and photographed by Ashley Frangie he talks about Narcos: Mexico, privacy, activism, and Star Wars.

You can check the photoshoot and scans in our gallery, and the translated article behind the cut. Enjoy!

“I’m afraid you’ll get a gun and shoot me if you do not like my questions,” I warn him. After seeing Narcos: Mexico, it is hard not to think about the scene of the restaurant in which his character shoots a rival with bullets. Diego laughs and confesses: “Notice that I thought very well before accepting the role; it’s something different from what I had done before.” In the series, he plays Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo – the capo who reconfigured the drug business in Mexico – and manages to transmit that cold, calm and unpredictable coldness. “The challenge was to create a three-dimensional character that was not bad-bad and to show the darkness that led him to do what you and I would not do. He, like us, felt, suffered, fell in love, had family and friends.” The actor has always been driven with determination when choosing which role he will add to his private catalog of personifications. “Freedom was the most valuable teaching that my father has given me,” recalls Diego about his father-the set designer Alejandro Luna-to whom he dedicated his Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent GQ 2018 Awards.

A few hours before our meeting, the arrival of the actor at the hotel for the photo session and the interview, involved a logistics worthy of head of state. And is that it is one of the most besieged by the public and the press, who do not lose opportunity to approach who is definitely part of the Mexican histrionic royalty. But the truth is that he arrived relaxed and smiling -without stalking fans-, while his assistants communicated by cell phone and said things like “Diego is coming in” or “he has just crossed the patio”. Not even his character in Narcos: Mexico would have that security deployment. The series is based on that tragic episode in which a rising Felix Gallardo is investigated by DEA agent Enrique Camarena (Michael Peña), in the violent national context of the 80s. “I was about nine years old when it happened. I remember reading my dad’s diaries and that reality marked me.” Although when it was announced that he was participating in the series, Luna was questioned because, supposedly, to frivolize the drug trafficking issue, he is sure of his decision: “The idea is to show that this did not go far back in recent history and that we can change it. Today, the fatal numbers surpass Latin American dictatorships and the American soldiers killed in Vietnam,” he says. And about a hypothetical meeting in real life with the so-called Chief of Chiefs -Gallardo, currently in prison-, in which the mobster (as a follower) might even ask for an autograph, Diego reacts: “Oh, bastard, what difficult, I think that rather I would ask him if he saw the series, what he thought and if we missed something“.

Earlier this year, the actor held a talk with Edward Snowden – the dissident activist and former CIA adviser – and he told him he was aware of local cases of government espionage against journalists and human rights defenders. “I realized that the guy is worried about what happens in Mexico. He painted a picture that connects the whole world,” says Luna, who -we have to mention it- is one of the most critical celebrities (“your government does not represent me,” he recently told EPN on Twitter). Fortunately, he believes that he has never been watched by the secret service: “I have felt spied on in a different way and it was a hard invasion of privacy that cost me to leave. When Jerónimo, our first child, was going to be born, we went to Los Angeles thinking that nobody was going to be watching us. But the opposite happened; even had his ultrasound stolen,” he recalls about the siege he was exposed to along with his then wife Camila Sodi and their son. The couple later had a girl named Fiona, in honor of Diego’s mother, Fiona Alexander, who died when he was two years old.

Activism is another of his impulses and recently he participated with migrants from Central American caravans. “On the trip, children come and some travel alone. What we did with Ecocinema and Ambulante was to send screens and screen films every night.” In addition, he is ambassador of the organization Cirujanos de Esperanza, which performs complicated heart operations in places where children die without such care. But Luna has also given time for other matters, such as letting the singer Mon Laferte seduce him: “It’s very nice, to go out in her video (” El beso “) made it clear to me that she is bad ass, and yes, it made me nervous. A beautiful woman keeps making me nervous.

Undoubtedly, the charolastra -like his character in Alfonso Cuarón’s film, Y tu mamá también (2001) -, has established himself as an actor. But neither be part of the history of filmmaking for his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) or having shared credits with figures like Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, Kevin Costner or Penelope Cruz moves the floor: “We are charolastra until death. We Charolastras were always Jedi,” he says and finishes: “I still have a lot to conquer; But the best thing about being an actor is that the more things that happen to you in life, the more stories you can tell.” Diego just lent his voice to an animated character in Tales of Arcadia: 3 Below, by Guillermo del Toro, and just finished Wander Darkly, along with Sienna Miller: “I enjoyed working with her on such an ambitious film. It’s one of those scripts that until you see the edited film, you do not know if it’s going to work or if it was a great idea that stayed there.” In addition, it was announced that by 2019 he would star with his character Cassian Andor a new series based on Star Wars: “Back to that universe would be very special to me,” he told The Hollywood Reporter after the news was released. An assistant tells us very seriously that the actor has to leave, but he takes time to reflect on the question of what it means to live in Trump’s time, of violence and of a complicated world. “You know? I think that love is how they paint it. Finally, it is what makes us or something sublime or terrible and dangerous people.