According to history, he was one of the most ruthless drug dealers.
How could you NOT make a TV show about Pablo Escobar? Wait… there has been a heap and now Americans getting on the craze? Fair enough.
Narcos is a sexy show, shot at a beautiful location, and the story just locks you in. Truth is stranger than a tale. But there are such truths about the show you should know too.
1. Brazilian actor Wagner Moura had to get fat and wear a fat suit to play the part and get into the role.
He put on 40 pounds and put on the dermatoplasty belly because he said, “Escobar was always hungry because he was smoking grass whole day long, and then, at night, he would go to the fridge and eat everything. And then, he would smoke some more grass.”
2. Narcos was supposed to be a movie.
One of the producers said it took them ten hours allow to explore the character better: “In a movie, when you have two hours, someone does something terrible, and you just don’t have time to pay off them. You have to drift the type of guy that your role is. In this case, every role, at one point or another, does something that you won’t respect or like and that you will question, and then in most cases, they will come around, and you will find a reason to clinch them.”
3. The actors met up with their real-life fellow who was alive.
Pedro Pascal met with real-life DEA agent Javier Peña, and Boyd Holbrook met his DEA fellows. “They had fun with actors. We were these little jerks that thought we were going to be like cool DEA agents, and they held guns on the head and stuff like that. We shared some stories and hung out.” Then, after talking with the real Colombian officers and DEA agents…
4. They made assured that the drug war wasn’t white and black.
Escobar’s actor Moura explicitly said that the story wasn’t “about good American policeman that go to a Third World country to save poor from a bad people.”
5. The director was inspired by Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas when he was directing the end part.
The final outcome of the series was cast after the film said by Director José Padilha
6. It may seem like the murders on the show are exaggerated, but they aren’t. If you didn’t choose to take his silver… he’d give you his lead.
Escobar was directly responsible for upwards of 4,000 deaths which included 200 judges, 1,000 police officers, journalists and government officials.
7. One of the actors says it has the same epic feel as Game of Thrones.
“I think they’re very comparable to one another. The way this story exists in our collective understanding, it’s really quite Game of Thrones. I would say that Game of Thrones would take a lot of inspiration from the story of what went down in Columbia and the kind of war that was fought. Also, in seeing the episodes so visually captured, it does make me think a little bit about Game of Thrones.
8. Wagner Moura couldn’t speak ANY Spanish, so he went to Colombia six months earlier than the rest of the cast.
“I had to arrive in Medellin (Colombia) six months before the rest of the cast. He says “I think I’ve read everything that was written about Pablo Escobar and modern Colombian history.”
9. At the end of the 1980s, Escobar was in control of 80% of the world’s cocaine supply. He was the seventh richest person on earth in 1989.
Once the white powder made its way into Miami, four out of five Americans who did cocaine were getting it from him.
10. The real Escobar documented EVERYTHING about himself, so producers had TONNES of videos and photos for the production team to compare everything to.
11. His EXTRAVAGANT estate in Puerto Triunfo had a private zoo which had hippos, elephants, giraffes, and flamingos.
12. Before Pablo was the kingpin of cocaine he sold tombstones… those are always needed.
He sold stolen cars. PS this is the way he was killed by authorities.
13. While Pablo and his family were on the run, his daughter was cold and sick…so he burned two million dollars to keep her warm.
His daughter Manuela got one of the most expensive remedies known to man.
14. At his peak, he owned 142 planes, 20 helicopters, 32 yachts AND if he needed a place to stay he had 141 homes and office spaces.
The Colombian authorities found that out when they seized his stuff in the late 1980s. PS I know he didn’t own the White House.
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