In Narcos: Mexico, the actor revisited the country of his childhood with a new perspective.
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Justino Águila: Why did you decide to take on the role of the infamous drug trafficker Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo?
Diego Luna: I decided to enter the project because I had a very deep conversation with Eric Newman, the showrunner, executive producer, and writer of the series. You have to be very cautious when you tell this kind of story. It is easy to fall into sensationalism. It is easy to fall into the glorification of a dark and violent world. It was important to me that the project spoke a little more deeply about the complexity of, and the number of characters involved in, this network of trafficking and corruption that reaches all levels. Speaking to Eric, I realized that they had done deep research, which left me very calm and convinced that he was doing it for the right reasons. He wanted to talk about things that we don’t really talk about today.
For me, telling stories in Mexico is important, and telling stories about Mexico is even more important.”
Did anything surprise you about Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo as you researched him?
DL: There are many facets to him. He was reserved and understood the value of being discreet in that world — and not many understood that. Others sought attention and wanted to be noticed. Félix was the opposite.
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