Narcos actor Wagner Moura has discussed the new season of the Netflix show in interview with NME, describing shooting the scene of Pablo Escobar’s death.
Moura plays Escobar in the series, which follows the story of the real life Colombian drug baron, who died in 1993.
Speaking to NME ahead of the show’s second season, which arrives on September 2, Moura said: “It was very emotional because we actually shot [the death scene] at the same place where the real Pablo was killed, the same building. All the crew, everybody who was involved, so everybody involved in Narcos in the last two years knew that was the end of that character. So it was a very emotional moment for all of us.”
“The first season was really epic; more epic than dramatic. I think the second season is absolutely more character-driven and more dramatic than the first one,” he continued.
“The first season is about birth and it goes from the first time Pablo sees cocaine until when he joins the cartel, so it covers like 10 years or more. The second season is like less than a year. So we do see him as vulnerable and of course he’s going to be a tough guy until the end, but it was interesting to me to equalise these vulnerabilities, when it goes through his family – that’s his weakest point. He was basically killed because of that.”
Asked whether he ever contacted Escobar’s family to get approval for his portrayal, Moura replied: “I’ve read everything written about Pablo, in English and Spanish. I’ve always felt that I was going to do this and throw that in the garbage to create my own version of Pablo because at the end of the day that’s what actors do. So I didn’t want anyone telling me ‘Oh no Pablo didn’t walk like that’. I didn’t want that kind of interference.”
On worries that the show glamorises Pablo, Moura said: “There’s no other way to portray a person without making him a person. In the show you’re going to see him do a lot of shit, so you’re killing and torturing and bombing and planting bombs. It’s up to you. It’s up to the audience to judge and feeling sympathy for him is not wrong, it’s a person.”
Narcos is directed by Jose Padilha and was created by Law & Order: Criminal Intent showrunner Chris Brancato with writing by Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard, who previously wrote Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time and Nicolas Cage film The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Watch a trailer for the second season above.