Diego Luna has captured our attention for more than a decade.
The 33-year-old actor, producer and director was destined to become part of cinema as he was exposed to theater and the acting world at a very young age through his parents.
Luna started off in soap operas as a child actor. The first time he got substantial recognition was for his role in the 2001 film “Y Tu Mamá También,” a controversial drama that put Luna and his childhood friend Gael Garcia Bernal on the map of up-and-coming great actors. He had several hits in Mexico including “Nicotina” and “Rudo y Cursi,” which united him with Bernal once again.
Luna eventually moved on to English-speaking roles, his first one was in “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” a semi-sequel to the classic starring Patrick Swayze. Although the film wasn’t a big hit at the box office, Luna was making an important transition into the world of American cinema and it seemed to have paid off. That same year he landed a role in “The Terminal,” a Steven Spieldberg film starring Tom Hanks.
Diego Luna dives into ‘Elysium’
Along with the many projects that have taken him to where he is today, Luna continues to dive into great roles. His latest one, starring opposite Matt Damon and Jodie Foster in the film “Elysium,” is his first sci-fi film.
Without reading the script, the Mexican actor jumped on board for the role of Julio, a a rebel trying to help Max (Matt Damon) on his journey to a space station for medical care to treat lethal amounts of radiation.
“Elysium” is set in the year 2154, where a man-made space station is reserved for the wealthy while the poor live to survive on Earth, which is made up of Spanish-speaking residents.
“I believe Elysium exists in every city, in every part of the world,” said Luna in an interview with Fox News Latino.
Aside from having worked with Damon and Bernal, Luna has had his fair share of working with experienced, A-list actors including Sean Penn, Kevin Costner and Salma Hayek.
The multi-talented actor will soon be showing us his directing talents in the upcoming film “Chavez,” a movie about the famous Chicano civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. The film, currently in post-production, will star Michael Peña, America Ferrera and Rosario Dawson.
Diego Luna’s thoughts on ‘Elysium’ and Matt Damon
Originally published on VOXXI as The many talents of actor-director Diego Luna