[Warning: The next accommodates spoilers from Narcos: Mexico Season 2. Learn at your personal threat!]
Diego Luna has inhabited a personality that had a demoralizing impact on his residence nation for 2 seasons of Narcos: Mexico. Although the Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo in Eric Newman‘s tense Netflix sequence is predicated on the real-life drug chief that banded collectively Mexico’s warring cartels within the late 1970s, the present doesn’t declare to be a biopic; as an alternative, the sequence goals to point out how corruption and cover-ups put the individuals of Mexico in a susceptible place in the course of the battle on medicine.
Whereas Season 1 noticed Gallardo rise to energy, Season 2 adopted the fallout of the cartel chief having DEA agent Kiki Camarena (Michael Peña) tortured and murdered on the finish of final season. Elevated police presence from the U.S. aspect of the border made Gallardo’s dealings with the Colombians solely that rather more precarious, and inevitably his power-hungry methods led to a federation coup, with Gallardo’s previous companions deserting him to make their very own cocaine fortunes. With out their assist, Gallardo was left susceptible to the DEA, and, identical to in actual life, he was arrested quietly at his Guadalajara residence with out a single shot being fired.
There should still quite a lot of story for Narcos: Mexico to cowl when it comes to Mexico’s function within the international drug commerce, however the arrest of Gallardo is the top of a really particular period and Luna’s time as primary on the decision sheet for the sequence. His ultimate scene of the season noticed Gallardo lastly face off towards Walter Breslin (Scoot McNairy), the DEA agent who helped to dismantle his empire. It is the one scene that Luna and McNairy shared all through the run, and it introduced a heightened emotion for Luna as his potential final scene of the sequence.
“I used to be I used to be ending six months of labor in a really intense and demanding job for me. Enjoying this function, it wasn’t a straightforward factor. It was a really heavy weight on my shoulders via all [those] months,” Luna instructed TV Information. “[The final scene] was very emotional in some ways for me as an actor, [and] clearly for the character, as a result of he had time to mirror on what he had realized via the season… He tells the agent in entrance of him, ‘We’re each victims of this… You do not know what you’ve got created.’ I actually discovered that that shifting as an actor and for the character and in my life.”
Whereas Gallardo was a irritating character for Luna to tackle, he had nothing however optimistic issues to say in regards to the journey of making Narcos: Mexico and the people who helped construct the highly effective story the present is telling.
“Greater than enjoying the character, what was memorable is the expertise of interacting with such a tremendous solid and crew. Many individuals from my nation that I have been working [with] my entire life obtained an opportunity to play a job or to be behind the digital camera in Narcos,” he mentioned. “The good factor of the present is that it permits us to remind the world what we’re able to. I labored with very gifted individuals on this course of. It has been, it has been fairly a tremendous journey… The journey was quite a lot of enjoyable. And once more, it was very demanding, however I used to be round individuals I love so much, and I realized so much within the course of.”
Whilst Luna’s Gallardo strikes out of the principle focus of the Narcos: Mexico narrative — although, we won’t rule out a possible cameo if the present will get picked up for Season 3 — the story stays an essential lesson in 2020 as sure present political narratives level fingers at Mexico and Central America for a worldwide downside.
“Clearly, we have not been capable of take care of this. No matter technique has been utilized has failed. There is a massive situation — a world situation — the place Mexico is having to take care of a lot of the violence of an issue that isn’t nearly a rustic,” Luna mentioned. “This situation would not exist if there was not an enormous market within the States and on the earth. So, clearly, this battle was misplaced and we now have to rethink find out how to assault this situation as a way to resolve it sooner or later.”
Narcos: Mexico Season 2 is now out there to stream on Netflix.