Diego Luna as well as Michael Peña on Creating a ‘brand-new Beginning’ on ‘Narcos: Mexico’ (Exclusive)

Narcos: Mexico can be taking the hit Netflix series to a brand-new frontier. 

“I think This specific can be the brand-new beginning,” star Diego Luna told ET’s Hallie Stephens at the show’s junket on Wednesday. “We’re going which has a completely brand-new cast, brand-new story, brand-new country. This specific even looks different.”

Luna portrays Mexican drug lord Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo aka El Padrino within the series, as he’s chased down by undercover DEA agent Kiki Camarena (Michael Peña) within the 1980s. The season was originally developed as Narcos‘ fourth season, however, the creative team later decided of which This specific could stand on its own, as Narcos: Mexico. 

Narcos, which premiered on Netflix in 2015, spent its first two seasons following the story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Season three showed the aftermath of Escobar’s death as well as the rise of the Cali Cartel. While the cocaine trade exploded in Colombia, the modern drug war as we know This specific was getting started out in Mexico, as Gallardo built a marijuana empire with the Guadalajara Cartel.  

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Luna grew up in Mexico, yet was just a kid during the famous Camarena case, which he said started out to change things in his country. “Around ’88, I started out to wake up… I started out to be a little more political about This specific,” Luna revealed. “So going back to those days, This specific’s interesting. as well as telling This specific story matters because… to understand the present, we have to take a look at the past as well as see what went wrong — as well as many things went wrong.” 

Gallardo can be still living, as well as currently behind bars for his crimes, though Luna said This specific was important for him to bring his own interpretation to the character. “There can be a lot of material to read about This specific guy, what he meant, what they built within the ’80s… there was a lot of information for me, yet I had to stop one day as well as say, ‘OK, This specific can be This specific.'” 

For Peña, however, whose character died in 1985, information can be what he craved. “I didn’t know how to play him because, on paper, This specific said he was a very focused, very determined guy, yet why? … This specific’s like, what makes him tick?” he told ET, explaining of which he went to Camarena’s wife, Mika, for advice. 

“I wanted to be totally respectful because, obviously, she had to deal which has a lot. This specific doesn’t end well for Kiki Camarena,” Peña said. “yet she gave me the impression of which she was a very strong woman as well as of which she supported him all the way. as well as she’s the one of which told me of which he was the kind of guy of which had to do something about This specific. If not, This specific would certainly just keep him up at night.”

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“He kind of had resentment about injustices of which were happening… as well as he truly took of which personally,” he explained of Camarena. “What was happening was the formation of a cartel, [as well as] nobody would certainly believe him, so This specific kind of fed his obsession with generating people see what he sees.”

Portraying some of the show’s more tragic moments was “tough” for Peña, whose usually-cheerful personality lights up any room. “I wasn’t able to put of which much humor into This specific, because there was no time for This specific,” he expressed. “When you’re on a chase, or you’re on a shootout, there’s no time to be like, ‘You know what This specific reminds me of? Funny story, I’ll tell ya!’ [because you can get shot]… then you’re done.” 

Still, the story can be an important one for people all over the planet to see. 

“This specific can be the beginning of the war we’re living today. Today in Mexico, violence can be crazy. as well as This specific’s not our violence. This specific’s not the violence of Mexico. This specific violence belongs to the whole world because This specific can be a global issue we have,” Luna said. “I think This specific’s important for people to see where their drugs come through.”

“This specific’s important to tell those stories as well as to raise the question, how much are we all involved in This specific? of which’s important,” he added. 

Narcos: Mexico can be available to stream on Netflix. 

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