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Netflix hopes new series ‘Narcos’ is addictive

Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar in the Netflix Original Series “Narcos.”
Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar in the Netflix Original Series “Narcos.”

The next series being offered by Netflix, the on-demand Internet streaming service, will be “Narcos.’ Here are five things you need to know when deciding if you want to watch the series.

What is it?: It’s the true story of the growth and spread of cocaine drug cartels around the globe. The series looks at drug kingpins of the late 1980s and the efforts of law enforcement to stop them.

Who stars in it?: Brazilian actor Wagner Moura portrays notorious dug lord Pablo Escobar.

“It was basically the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life because I didn’t speak Spanish before doing the show. So I had to arrive in Medellín (Colombia) six months before the rest of the cast. I basically think I’ve read everything that was written about Pablo Escobar and modern Colombian history,” Moura says.

“This is not a show about good American cops that go to a Third World country to save poor people from a bad guy. We took very good care for it to be respectful with Colombian history, with what really happened, though of course it’s fiction. We created characters. We created things that didn’t really happened.”

I like the fact that this is not regular cop/bad guy show.

Wagner Moura, star of “Narcos”

Why is it told as two parallel stories?: Executive producer Eric Newman says the project was originally designed to be the story of Escobar and the people who brought him down. When the project was being put together, the producers realized telling these stories couldn’t be done in a two-hour movie. That’s when Netflix came on board and gave them the funding to make the 10-part series.

What surprised the team while making the movie?: Pedro Pascal, who plays Javier Peña, calls the entire story as having “a completely Shakespearean sort of design.”

Series creator Jose Padilha was shocked by how Escobar was negotiating with the president of the country.

“Imagine if you had a drug dealer in America who was blowing things up, blowing planes out of the sky and then trying to cut up a deal with Barack Obama defining what kind of jail he’s going to. That crazy,” Padilha says.

When does it air?: All 10 episodes in the first season can be viewed on Netflix starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28.

“Narcos”

  • 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, Netflix
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