Michael Peña plays José Hernández, the first migrant farm worker to go to space. In a new interview, Hernández revealed that he recommended Peña for the role in “A Million Miles Away,” the movie based on his life, after he’d seen his work in the film “The Martian.”Camila Morrone discusses working with craft ‘masters’ Willem Dafoe and Patricia Arquette10 movies & shows to watch for Hispanic Heritage Month“I said, ‘He has experience already.
He's been an astronaut!’” said Hernández in an interview with People. “Luckily, they listened to me and they did contact Michael and he agreed to it,” he said of the movie’s producers and writer-director Alejandra Márquez Abella. Hernández revealed that Peña has an approachability that makes him perfect for the role. “I'm normal-looking,” he said. “You don’t want an Antonio Banderas because people won’t have empathy with that person!” In 2009, Hernández became the first itinerant farmhand to enter space.
As a man born in California to Mexican parents, it’s an achievement that’s notable and that unites the Latin American community.
It’s also a type of story that’s perfect for the movies, except that Latino characters rarely get to star in these stories. Following his experiences with NASA, Hernández wrote his memoir, titled, “Reaching for the Stars: The Inspiring Story of a Migrant Farmworker Turned Astronaut,” which ultimately became the inspiration for the film.Read more on us.hola.com
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