Diego Luna plays Cassian Andor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming to theaters December 16. He is known for his childhood telenovela work along with being in the film The Terminal and also the spanish narration for the National Geographic Channel to name a few of his roles. He was our first interview of the day and when he arrived in the room he had such a such a cheerful smile and laugh about him. He really was excited to talk and hang out with us that he didn’t want to leave after we finished our questions. We talked about his character, the message behind it and more. Being that he was already a Star Wars fans accepting the part was easy for him and we are excited he did too.
About His Character Cassian Andor
His character is the captain intelligence officer for the rebellion. And a damned good rebellious captain he added. He’s in charge of the most important mission for the rebellion and he has to make sure this thing works together. You will find that he’s quite a mysterious man as he is a spy and has a lot of information he would like to forget. He doesn’t like war but is ready to sacrifice everything because he is the hero. Although he has no special super powers he believes that working together as a team can make him stronger.
Training for the Role
To be prepared for the role Diego had to do some training. First, he had to start with going to the gym – a place he did not like to go, then work on his diet and sleeping. There is a lot of running jumping and hardcore scenes where he needed the strength. He did military training for 2 weeks where he learned how to patrol and spoke with the ex-militaries.
Diego feels there is a message behind the film where it takes people getting involved and taking control of their reality. And of shaping the reality. This world is going crazy now and we need also to live different as a society and understand the diversity, culture and racial diversity- it just makes us stronger and more richer. There’s a great thing there for us to find.
Cassian Andor is considered a hero in this film or at least wants to be. Even though there may be some violence in the film some kids will be watching it and he feels he can connect with kids because it connects like the kid he was being a Star Wars fan himself. He feels that the movie will connect with your kids as parents because you are both fans.
From Telenovela to Star Wars
He started at six years old doing theater, and then around ten. He did his first film, and that’s when they invited him to do TV. Those first years of doing TV they were difficult in his life and I’m so glad he survived. Because of the fame that TV brings is quite unhealthy, he thinks.”It’s too fast. Everything happens too fast and while in cinema, at least I’ve been working for two years for this to come out. So I’m ready for this moment, you know? It didn’t happen to me. I’ve worked to be here. In television, you’re shooting something one day, and it airs the next day- the reaction hits you two days later, and then people forget the next Monday because there’s someone else on TV. In cinema it’s different because it stays there. It leaves a stamp and I feel lucky to be doing what I am doing.”, he says.
In conclusion of the interview he is very blessed to be part of the cast and shares a bond like family with the rest of the cast. The most difficult part of the whole thing was having to hide it from all of his friends and family during the filming process. To keep them sane he said they had to talk among themselves like they were each others shrink.
Be sure to take the entire family to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in theaters on December 16!
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
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