Grew up on Bond villains talking in weird accents: Diego Luna
The actor is part of Narcos: Mexico, the 4th season of the hit Narcos series that is releasing worldwide on November 16
Actor Diego Luna says the best thing about Narcos is its commitment to tell authentic and real stories that are based in non-English countries and he appreciates the diversity of the hit Netflix series.
"If you are to go and tell a story, be specific and authentic. Respect the context of where it happens. I grew up watching Bond films where the bad guys had weird accents. They all seemed like cartoons. I don't like this idea. Let's be accurate. Narcos is not just in Spanish. It is in whatever language it needs to be spoken in the moment and that makes sense with the action and with the characters. When you show respect to stories like that, then people appreciate."
He reveals that while growing up, like countless cinephiles, he also watched foreign films with subtitles. "In Mexico, that's the way it was. The voice of Robert De Niro was Robert De Niro. You can go to a country and hire the best of the best and they can be Mexicans. The cast we have here is unbelievable. I have been working in cinema in that country my whole life, I have never seen them all together. It's the dream team of the Mexican film industry."
The first three seasons of Narcos were set in Colombia and focused on the rise of Pablo Escobar and after his downfall, the Cali cartel. The rebooted fourth season has moved the story to Mexico and will chart the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s as Felix Gallardo (Luna) takes the helm. Meanwhile, DEA agent Kiki Camarena (Michael Pena) moves his wife and young son from California to Guadalajara to take on a new post.