The Hollywood Reporter Names the Young Hispanic Hollywood Class of 2013
Mexico City-born Diego Luna, 33, starred opposite Gael Garcia Bernal in Y Tu Mama Tambien, Sean Penn in Milk and Matt Damon in Elysium. But it's Cesar Chavez: An American Hero, a biopic he is directing and producing about the civil-rights activist due out in 2014, that is perhaps closest to his heart.
Mexican-American actor Michael Pena, 37, who stars as Chavez, also has several critically acclaimed projects under his belt, including Oscar winner Crash and End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal. Pena, who next will be seen in David O. Russell's American Hustle and recently worked on Fury opposite Brad Pitt, says his father, a farm worker, was touched when he told him he'd be starring as the iconic labor activist. "He is one of those guys who doesn't show very much emotion, but I knew that it was special."
On Pena's favorite cultural tradition: "Every time I go to Chicago: Polish sausages from Taylor Street and carne asada tortas from Atotonilco restaurant."
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