Diego Luna

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Diego Luna
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Born
Diego Luna Alexander

(1979-12-29) December 29, 1979 (age 39)
Toluca, Mexico
Residence Mexico City, Mexico
Other namesAlexander García
Occupation
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)
Camila Sodi
(m. 2008;div. 2013)
Children2
Parent(s) Alejandro Luna
Fiona Alexander

Diego Luna Alexander (Spanish pronunciation:  [ˈdjeɣo ˈluna aleksanˈdeɾ] ; born December 29, 1979) is a Mexican actor, director, and producer. He has appeared in many films, including Y tu mamá también , Milk , Rudo y Cursi , and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story . He is one of the founders and owners of Canana Films.

<i>Milk</i> (film) 2008 film by Gus Van Sant

Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Dustin Lance Black, the film stars Sean Penn as Milk and Josh Brolin as Dan White, a city supervisor who assassinated Milk and Mayor George Moscone. The film was released to much acclaim and earned numerous accolades from film critics and guilds. Ultimately, it received 8 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, winning 2 for Best Actor for Penn and Best Original Screenplay for Black.

<i>Rudo y Cursi</i> 2008 film by Carlos Cuarón

Rudo y Cursi is a 2008 Mexican comedy film starring Diego Luna, Gael García Bernal and Guillermo Francella. It is directed by Carlos Cuarón and produced by Cha Cha Cha Films. It is Carlos Cuarón's first full-length movie.

<i>Rogue One</i> 2016 American epic space opera film in the Star Wars franchise

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. The screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy is from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta. It was produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the first installment of the Star Wars anthology series, set just before the events of A New Hope, and follows a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the Galactic Empire's superweapon. The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker.

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Early life

Luna was born in Toluca and raised in Mexico City. His mother, Fiona Alexander, was a British costume designer, of Scottish and English descent. [1] [2] [3] She died in a car accident when Luna was two years old. [4] His father, Alejandro Luna, is a theater, film, and opera set designer, who reinforced the importance of theater and the arts in his life. Alejandro would bring Diego to the sets and mentor him in different aspects of art, cultivating a desire to become an actor and uphold the family tradition. [5]

Mexico City Capital in Mexico

Mexico City, or the City of Mexico, is the capital of Mexico and the most populous city in North America. Mexico City is one of the most important cultural and financial centres in the Americas. It is located in the Valley of Mexico, a large valley in the high plateaus in the center of Mexico, at an altitude of 2,240 meters (7,350 ft). The city has 16 boroughs.

José Alejandro Dionisio Luna Ledesma is a Mexican scenic designer and lighting technician.

Scenic design creation of theatrical or film scenery

Scenic design is the creation of theatrical, as well as film or television scenery. Scenic designers come from a variety of artistic backgrounds, but in recent years, are mostly trained professionals, holding a B.F.A. or M.F.A. degrees in theater arts. Scenic designers design sets and scenery that aim to support the overall artistic goals of the production.

Career

Luna at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Diego Luna by David Shankbone.jpg
Luna at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

After starring in many telenovelas, Luna and Gael García Bernal now own Canana Films (which with Tom Golden's Golden Phoenix Productions, produces a number of television documentaries about the unsolved murders of three hundred women in Ciudad Juárez). [6] In 2012, Luna directed his first film, the biopic Cesar Chávez , about the eponymous founder of the United Farm Workers. [7] In March 2015, he joined the cast of Ana Lily Amirpour's film The Bad Batch . [8] Luna became a member of the jury for the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. [9] In Rogue One , he played Cassian Andor, the ally of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones).

A telenovela is a type of limited-run television serial drama or soap opera produced primarily in Latin America. The word combines tele, short for televisión or televisão, and novela, a Spanish and Portuguese word for "novel". Similar genres around the world include teleserye (Philippines), téléroman, or simply dramas. In Spain, they are also called culebrones because of the convoluted plots.

Gael García Bernal Mexican film actor and director

Gael García Bernal is a Mexican actor and producer. García Bernal is best known for his performances in the films Bad Education, The Motorcycle Diaries, Amores perros, Y Tu Mamá También, Babel and Coco, and for his role as Rodrigo de Souza in the Amazon Studios' web television series Mozart in the Jungle. He and Diego Luna founded Canana Films in Mexico City.

Canana Films is a Mexican film production company.

Luna gained greater recognition with American audiences while starring as Mexican drug cartel leader Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico, which premiered in November 2018.

Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, commonly referred to by his alias El Padrino, is a convicted Mexican drug lord who formed the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s, and controlled almost all of the drug trafficking in Mexico and the corridors along the Mexico–United States border.

Netflix American multinational entertainment company

Netflix, Inc. is an American media-services provider headquartered in Los Gatos, California, founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Valley, California. The company's primary business is its subscription-based streaming OTT service which offers online streaming of a library of films and television programs, including those produced in-house. As of January 2019, Netflix had over 139 million paid subscriptions worldwide, including 58.49 million in the United States, and over 148 million subscriptions total including free trials. It is available almost worldwide except in mainland China, Syria, North Korea, Iran, and Crimea. The company also has offices in the Netherlands, Brazil, India, Japan, and South Korea. Netflix is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

<i>Narcos: Mexico</i> TV series

Narcos: Mexico is an American crime drama web television series created and produced by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro that premiered on Netflix on November 16, 2018. It was originally intended to be the fourth season of the Netflix series Narcos, but it was ultimately developed as a companion series. It focuses on the illegal drug trade in Mexico, whereas the parent series centered on the illegal drug trade in Colombia. On December 5, 2018, Netflix renewed the series for a second season.

Personal life

Luna married Camila Sodi in February 2008; they were divorced in March 2013. [10] They have two children: Jerónimo (b. August 12, 2008), [11] and Fiona (b. July 1, 2010), named after Luna's mother. [12]

Camila Sodi Mexican actor-model

Camila Sodi is a Mexican singer, actress and model. She is the niece of Thalía and part of the Sodi family.

Luna and García Bernal co-founded Ambulante A.C., an organization and film festival working to bring documentary films to recommended places. [13] The organization received the prestigious Washington Office on Latin America's Human Rights Award in 2011. [14] In January 2015, Luna appeared at the Board of Directors and narrated a video about the obstacles faced by children migrating from their home country and seeking refuge in the US. [15] [16]

Washington Office on Latin America organization

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) is a United States non-governmental organization (NGO) whose stated goal is to promote human rights, democracy, and social and economic justice in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999 A Sweet Scent of Death Ramón
2000 Before Night Falls Carlos
2001 Y Tu Mamá También Tenoch Iturbide
2002 Frida Alejandro Gonzalez Arias
2002 Vampires: Los Muertos Sancho
2003 Nicotina Lolo
2003 Soldados de Salamina Gastón
2003 Open Range Button
2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Javier Suarez
2004 The Terminal Enrique Cruz
2004 Criminal Rodrigo
2006 Only God Knows Damián
2006 Fade to Black Tommaso Moreno
2006 Un mundo maravilloso Reportero en Estocolmo
2007 El búfalo de la noche Manuel
2007 Mister Lonely Michael Jackson
2008 Just Walking Gabriel
2008 Rudo y Cursi Beto
2008 Milk Jack Lira
2012 Contraband Gonzalo
2012 Casa de Mi Padre Raul [17]
2013 Elysium Julio
2014 César Chávez N/ADirector and producer [18]
2014 The Book of Life Manolo Sanchez (voice)
2016 Blood Father Jonah
2016 Mr. Pig N/ADirector
2016 The Bad Batch Jimmy
2016 Rogue One Cassian Andor
2017 Flatliners Ray
2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Pedrocito
2019 Berlin, I Love You Drag Queen
TBA A Rainy Day in New York Post-production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992 El abuelo y yo Luis
1995 El premio mayor Quique DomínguezRecurring
2002 Fidel Renato Guitart Television film
2010 Great Migrations Narrator Miniseries
2013 American Dad! Mauricio (voice)Episode: "Poltergasm"
2018 Trollhunters Krel (voice)Episode: "In Goods Hands"
2018-present Narcos: Mexico Félix Gallardo Lead role
2018 3 Below Krel (voice)Lead role

Music videos

YearTitleArtistRole
2011"The One That Got Away" Katy Perry Artist Boyfriend [19]
2018"El Beso" Mon Laferte Man

Awards

YearAssociationCategoryWorkResult
2002 Marcello Mastroianni Award Best Actor (shared with Gael García Bernal)Y tu mamá tambiénWon
MTV Movie Awards Best Insult (shared with Gael García Bernal)Won
Best Kiss (shared with Maribel Verdú and Gael García Bernal)Nominated
2004 MTV Movie Awards Favorite Actor, Best Performance and Worst SmokerNicotinaWon
Best Turn-On PerformanceNominated
Best PerformanceOpen RangeNominated
2009Cinema Writers Circle AwardsBest ActorJust WalkingNominated
Goya Awards Best ActorNominated
Silver Ariel Award Best ActorRudo y CursiNominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Best EnsembleMilkNominated
Critics Choice Award Best EnsembleWon
2012 Imagen Award Best Supporting Actor/Feature FilmCasa de mi PadreWon
2014 Audience Award Narrative SpotlightCesar ChavezWon
2017 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor in a FilmRogue One: A Star Wars StoryNominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi Movie ActorNominated
2018 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Ensemble If Beale Street Could TalkNominated
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Ensemble CastPending

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