Gabriel Luna Talks About His Work In Matador Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.15.2014
It debuts today...
In an interview with Coming Soon, Matador star Gabriel Luna spoke about his work on the series, which has already been picked up for a second season. Matador debuts tonight at 9 PM ET/PT on the El Rey Network.
On how Matador started for him: "You might have to go back to me watching "El Mariachi" through the crack of my cousin's bedroom door. We weren't allowed to watch it, but my brother and I snuck in through the hallway. That begat my love for Robert and his work. I think I was 13 years old. It was just cool, man. Top to bottom. Fast-forward to sitting with him at the Four Seasons hotel and talking about doing the show. I told him those stories. We mostly talked about home. I was born in Austin. We talked a lot about home. We talked a lot about a show he did with his band, Chingon. There was a great show they had done a year prior that I had been at. I had met him about four or five different times before that. His brother was shooter on a movie I did. Austin is almost a million people, but it still feels like a relatively small town. Everybody knows each other. Or at least everyone in the filmmaking community."
On talking to Robert Rodriguez about working together: "I just never really wanted to talk about the fact that I'm an actor. The one time I had the opportunity to do it, I didn't feel like I had the right to talk about it. We talked about home and we talked a ton about "Dusk." He needed me to know about sports because he doesn't care about sports. I went through the audition process. That was the third layer of things. When I went in for the screen-test it was Dan [Dworkin], Jay [Beattie], Heather [Kadin], Aaron, Mary [Vernieu], her assistant Lindsay [Graham] and then Robert on the Skype. On the screen there. I did my thing and they all turned to the screen. They're like, "So what do you think, Robert?" Of course, we're all waiting with bated breath, because there's a delay on the Skype. I'm the only one who can see him. Everyone else is behind the screen and I'm watching him. There he is. He takes out his earbuds. Everyone's holding their breath. He's like, 'I think we can go into production!' In the room, I felt really good about it. Then, two hours later, I think, 'What if he didn't mean me?! What if he meant they could go into production with another actor?' But I got the call about nine hours later from my agent and my lawyers. They told me, 'Man, they had 16 days to decide and they decided in eight hours. You must have done something good.'"
On what has been the most fun: Well, we get to go out and just play. This is really the dream job for a young man. A man at, I think, any age. It takes me back to finger guns, squirt guns and playing ball. That's pretty much what I'm doing. So all of it. Every episode offers a new opportunity and that keeps it exciting. I run the risk of giving too much away if I continue.