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Diego Luna on bringing Cesar Chavez's legacy to the big screen

by Take Two®

Actor/Director Diego Luna poses with Take Two host A Martinez. Josie Huang/KPCC

At the end of the month, California and several other states will observe Cesar Chavez Day in honor of the labor activist's birthday.

Chavez was a towering figure in the civil rights movement as the founder of the United Farm Workers Union. His name has become a familiar fixture of the American landscape, with hundreds of streets in cities and towns across the country named for him. His name is also emblazoned on a number of grammar schools, libraries, public parks, and even a Navy cargo ship.

He hadn't gotten the Hollywood treatment, until now. On Friday, that will change with a new biopic starring Michael Pena in the title role: 


Director Diego Luna joins Take Two to talk about bringing Chavez's story to the big screen. 

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