The drug world commandeered by Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar in the 80s is getting another splash on the silver screen with Bryan Cranston-led “The Infiltrator.”
The seedy thriller is based on a memoir by Robert Mazur, a former federal undercover agent who in 1986 posed as a high-rolling money launderer tasked with infiltrating Escobar’s Colombian drug cartel.
This marks yet another Hollywood project surrounding the famed drug kingpin to hit screens – big or small – in the last few years.
“A guy like Escobar is so appealing to Americans because it’s a different world,” actor Yul Vazquez told Fox News Latino. “He is a guy that rose to this insane power that was addicting – nothing was ever enough for him. Billions of dollars would not have been enough for him. He wanted to be perceived like a heavenly being – how does a guy like that exist?”
The Cuban-born actor stars in “The Infiltrator” as Javier Ospina, a shady and mysterious (mostly crazy) money manager for Escobar’s cartel. He is the first link between Cranston’s Mazur and Escobar.
“He is a mysterious guy who ran in lofty circles – probably didn’t hear the word ‘no’ often,” Vazquez said. “If you Google him, there is not a lot out there about him. He’s like a phantom.”
He continued: “Ospina – he is all about consuming; consuming people, drugs, alcohol and life.”
The film follows Mazur under the alias Bob Muzella, who arranged for the cartel’s excess cash to be funneled to the corrupt Bank of Credit and Commerce International, which collapsed in 1991. He lives a double-life – one, a family man who lives modestly with his wife and the other a flashing dressed and well-connected mover.
Along for the ride are John Leguizamo, Diane Krueger and Benjamin Bratt as Escobar’s suave lieutenant, Roberto Alcaino.
“It’s a very dynamic cast,” Vazquez said. “When we got together, it was like a bunch of friends getting together.”
The actor said he was attracted to the role for many reasons. He loved the script and its director, Brad Furman, with whom he worked in “Runner Runner.” But it was just the story of a regular Joe working hard to take down this seemingly impenetrable drug cartel from the inside.
“It’s the ultimate David vs Goliath story – it’s Shakespearean, it’s Greek,” Vazquez said. “It’s what happened to Bob. It affected him in his personal life and we had a responsibility to show that.”
“The Infiltrator” premieres in theaters on July 15th.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a Reporter for FoxNews.com.
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