Diego Luna took some time during his quarantine in Mexico City to chat with IndieWire chief critic and executive editor Eric Kohn for a video interview broadcasted on IndieWire’s Instagram page (watch the full video above). The actor was in good spirits as he revealed that his children, who had been diagnosed with coronavirus, had finally beaten the disease and slept at home for the first time in a long while the night before the video interview. “They’re immune now,” Luna said. “They’re in the next stage.”
The nearly one-hour video discussion covered a lot of ground in Luna’s acclaimed career, including his recent run on Netflix’s popular drama series “Narcos: Mexico.” Luna has starred for two seasons on the show as Guadalajara Cartel leader Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, who is also credited with founding the modern Mexican drug trade. “Narcos: Mexico” showrunner Eric Newman has been vocal about how the series can continue for many seasons, but Luna isn’t so eager to return to the role at the moment.
“Not for now, not for now, no, no, no,” Luna said when asked about filming more “Narcos: Mexico” episodes. “At the beginning it was fun, but then it became really heavy for me. I need rest, those two years were really intense for me.”
Luna might not even have time to film another “Narcos: Mexico” season as he’s gearing up to return to the “Star Wars” universe for a Disney+ television series centered around his “Rogue One” character Cassian Andor. Luna said he was eager to reprise the role because he felt the most freedom ever in his career as an actor while filming “Rogue One.” The actor credits the practical sets as creating a tangible fantasy world he loved getting lost in and playing around in. “Rogue One” ended with Cassian’s death during the climactic Battle of Scarif. For Luna, it’s the challenge this ending creates for his Cassian television show that is making him the most excited to return to “Star Wars.”
“I can’t really talk about it. The thing I can tell you, and it’s a nice challenge and it’s a great way to approach a show, but what happens when you already know the ending?” Luna said. “Then it becomes about the story. Everything is in how you tell the story and how many different layers you can find. This can’t be a show now where at the end we surprise you with like, ‘Oh no it wasn’t him!’ We’ve already seen the ending.”
Luna continued, “If you think about it, ‘Rogue One’ started with the same task. The last scene of ‘Rogue One’ is a scene we all know. It makes another part of your brain work [as a storyteller]. You can’t use the same formulas for storytelling you’ve known all your life with this because it’s very different. The big thing is now we start with a character that people already know what he’s capable of.”
Watch Luna’s full interview with IndieWire in the video above, which also finds the actor talking about his Ambulante film festival and “Y Tu Mama Tambien” sequel talks with Alfonso Cuarón and Gael García Bernal.