Because Diego Luna from the Star Wars spin-off movie “Rogue One” is a Mexican actor, a woman named Perl wanted to share the movie with her father, also a Mexican native. Seeing how Latino and Hispanic actors are very poorly represented in show business, with only 5,8 per cent having speaking roles, it a great achievement for Diego Luna to have such a major part to play in a blockbuster film franchise like “Star Wars.” Not only that but he did it with his own thick Mexican accent while playing Cassian Andor, pushing the Mexican culture even more on screen.
And to understand why such an accent is important, Perls message that she shared Tumblr shows how significant it was for her father.
“I took my father to see Rogue One today. I’ve wanted to take him for a while. I wanted my Mexican father, with his thick Mexican accent, to experience what it was like to see a hero in a blockbuster film, speak the way he does. And although I wasn’t sure if it was going to resonate with him, I took him anyway. When Diego Luna’s character came on screen and started speaking, my dad nudged me and said, ‘he has a heavy accent.’ I was like, ‘Yup.’ When the film was over and we were walking to the car, he turns to me and says, ‘did you notice that he had an accent?’ And I said, ‘Yeah dad, just like yours.’ Then my dad asked me if the film had made a lot of money. I told him it was the second highest grossing film of 2016 despite it only being out for 18 days in 2016 …. He then asked me if people liked the film, I told him that it had a huge following online and great reviews. He then asked me why Diego Luna hadn’t changed his accent and I told him that Diego has openly talked about keeping his accent and how proud he is of it. And my dad was silent for a while and then he said, ‘And he was the main character.’ And I said, ‘He was.’ And my dad was so happy. As we drove home he started telling me about other Mexican actors that he thinks should be in movies in America. Representation matters.”