This ain’t George Lucas’ “Star Wars” anymore. The latest films in the mega-franchise have put a big emphasis on casting diversity, and the successes of that endeavor have been summed up in one glorious tweet this week. Diego Luna, one of the stars of “Rogue One,” reposted this Tumblr comment by a moviegoer (edited for length):
“I took my father to see Rogue One today. 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. ... 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. ... 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 a main character.’ 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.”
The tweet has been retweeted more than 60,000 times and liked 150,000 times.