On the set with Wagner Moura, the Brazilian star who plays Pablo Escobar
|Wagner Moura without makeup|
|with the lovely Paulina Gaitan|
But the set of the hit Netflix TV series Narcos, about the rise and fall of notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is totally different.
I spent a day with the cast, crew and producer up in the mountains outside Bogota in Colombia where they are filming Series Two---and had a wonderfully productive time thanks to executive producer Eric Newman, who coincidentally lives not far from me in Santa Monica and who paved the way for me and photographer Theo Kingman. Everybody was exceedingly friendly and welcoming and went out of their way to make sure we got exactly what we wanted. The stars, Wagner Moura, who plays Escobar, and the lovely Paulina Gaitan, who plays his wife, happily chatted, posed for pictures and, in the evening, had dinner with us at the Four Seasons in Bogota.
|a hug from Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura)|
Without giving away too many secrets, the new series sees Escobar on the run with his wife, fleeing from hideout to hideout. The scenes we saw being filmed were at one of the hideouts, at a breath-snatching altitude of 8,600 feet where Escobar has a romantic dance with his wife before deciding to wage war on the police and drug agents who are hunting him.
Escobar, who introduced cocaine into America, killed a total of 1,000 police officers before being gunned down on a Medellin rooftop in December 1993 aged 44.
"There were two sides to Pablo," says Wagner, a major Brazilian star who had to learn Spanish, gain 40lbs and grow a moustache to portray the portly Escobar. "He was a family man and a murdering sociopath."