With Narcos: Mexico now streaming on Netflix, I recently sat down with Michael Peña for an exclusive interview about playing DEA agent Kiki Camarena. During the wide-ranging conversation, he talked about what it was like filming on location, how familiar he was with the series before getting involved, what it was like playing someone so morally centered, how many scripts he had before filming began, and more. In addition, Peña talked about playing the dad in the Dora the Explorer movie and the status of the Fantasy Island movie.
Unlike the past three seasons of Narcos, the new season, Narcos: Mexico, is essentially a reboot of the show, since the setting has moved from Columbia and features an all-new cast. If you’ve only heard the great buzz on the show and want to give it a chance, you can jump right in with Mexico. Trust me, the new season is fantastic. And if you don’t believe me, read Allison Keene’s review, which is also extremely positive.
Check out what Michael Peña had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.
- Was he a fan of Narcos before getting involved?
- What was it like making the show?
- How many scripts did he have prior to the start of filming?
- How the show starts with the warning that it isn’t going to end well.
- Is he storyline wrapped up in one season?
- Do they stick to the script on set?
- What is it like playing someone so morally centered?
- What was it like playing the dad in Dora the Explorer?
- What’s the status of the Fantasy Island movie?
Here’s the official synopsis for Narcos: Mexico:
Narcos: Mexico will explore the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, beginning at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a loose and disorganized confederation of independent growers and dealers. Witness the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s as Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) takes the helm, unifying traffickers in order to build an empire. When DEA agent Kiki Camarena (Michael Peña) moves his wife and young son from California to Guadalajara to take on a new post, he quickly learns that his assignment will be more challenging than he ever could have imagined. As Kiki garners intelligence on Félix and becomes more entangled in his mission, a tragic chain of events unfold, affecting the drug trade and the war against it for years to come.