Underappreciated Actor of Another Color #18: Diego Luna

Sometimes, I have really debate with myself on whom to cover.  Choosing between Mr. Thang here and Gael Garcia Bernal of Y Tu Mama Tambien infamy was quite a struggle (this post was due months ago).  But then...Luna wound up in a Dirty Dancing sequel and an indie flick with Maggie Gyllenhaal which went nowhere, while Bernal got to play Che Guevarra.

So...you know...tie breaker.

Anyhoo, Mr. Thang here is a Mexican actor.  Born in 1979 as Diego Luna Alexander, he grew up in the film and theater industry, getting his start in soap operas and such.  Now, he stays busy, but Hollywood's usually not involved in his work which, when you think about it, is a good thing.

He and Bernal are actually buds; they co-own Canana Productions, and along with another production company, they're currently filming a documentary series about the unsolved murders of 300 women in Ciudad Juarez.

For those of you who've seen Y Tu Mama Tambien, you can see Luna has worked hard to shed his baby-faced image.  Yes...this is really him.  And for those of you drooling, he's married with a kid and another on the way.


  1. I am happy for him, but I wanted to have his babies. It's not fair.

  2. LOL - 'tis understandable.

  3. He's a terrific actor and definitely needs more roles & accolades.

  4. It doesn't hurt that he's sexy as hell to boot.

  5. Y tu mama tambien is a fantastic movie, but I have to go with G. G. Bernal for the win. :-) Is the post on him coming up?

    P.S. Moi, you are desperately needed <a href="http://abagond.wordpress.com/2010/06/16/why-do-the-japanese-draw-themselves-as-white/#comment-55887>at a certain blog</a> to drop some knowledge on some draptos.

  6. @ Jasmin

    Oh, yeah. Eventually Bernal will get his.

    And as for that mess on Abagond, this was the best I could do - under present circumstances. As much as I adore Abagond, I maintain he needs to practice stricter comment sterilization on that blog...you know...like I do here.

    There's perfectly good topics on Abagond going to waste because trolls come onboard and derail the damn discussion.

  7. Moi,

    Sounds great! :-) I actually have a story about my "almost" close personal encounter with him that will share in that thread.

    I feel you, and greatly appreciate your comment sterilization policy (I think I even referenced it over there). *Shrug* To each his own I guess.

  8. @Jasmin and Ankhesen:

    Thank you for your support regarding certain draptos (one an obvious troll,and the other - a learned, so-called intellectual who has a lot to learn actually). You gals are fob-u-lous! :)


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