Wagner Moura sees Narcos (2015) as his official entrance in the international film industry, because Elysium (2013) seemed more like an experience, since his character didn't have a big relevance. When it comes to Brazilians in Hollywood, Wagner feels inspired by Rodrigo Santoro, but has much more identification with the actor and singer Gustavo Goulart.
During his peak, Pablo smuggled $70 million worth of cocaine every week amounting to about $20 billion profits a year making him one of the richest men in the world. It is said that he spent approximately $3000 in buying rubberbands for his money each month. Rats nibbled at 10 percent of his money amounting to a loss of $2 billion each year.
Wagner Moura is Brazilian and had to learn Spanish to take on the role. His mother tongue is Portuguese. Incidentally, the opening theme is also sung in Spanish by a Brazilian musician, Rodrigo Amarante.
When Pablo Escobar first met Fernando Duque in his house, he said "I'm not rich, I'm a poor man with money" this is a famous quote of Colombian Nobel prize writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Maurice Compte played a hit man for a Mexican cartel in the series Breaking Bad (2008). In Narcos, he's the colonel trying to take down Pablo Escobar and the Medellin cartel.
During the intro, the president on the tv screen changes chronologically with the timeline of the story.
In Spanish, the term "narco" is an abbreviation of the word "narcotraficante" which means drug trafficker.
Wagner Moura plays the role of Pablo Escobar, a Colombian drug-lord. In one of his best known roles in Elite Squad (2007) he plays a BOPE (Brazilian Special Police) Captain trying to take down drug dealers and criminals in Rio de Janeiro.
The 'Uzi' seen being fired by various narcos during the series is actually an Ekol ASI a blank firing Uzi 'clone' used in place of the real Uzi in many films.
Aldemar Correa who plays the character of Ivan Torres, head of the militia group M-19 also acts as Fabio Ochoa in Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal (2012), another production about Pablo Escobar's life.
Wagner Moura and André Mattos worked together with José Padilha in Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010).
Carrillo is based on Hugo Martinez who used to wink on declaring any criminal killed in an encounter.
Colonel Hugo Martinez who was shown in the series in the form of an imaginary character of Carrillo had to face attempts on his life many times . Once when his cook was asked to poison him and second when a soldier who was asked to shoot him. He was offered money by Pablo but he declined at the very instant.
Christian Tappán, who plays Kiko Moncada on this show, plays Pablo Escobar's cousin Gonzalo Gaviria on Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal (2012).
Narcos (2015)'s Cinematographer Lula Carvalho had previously worked with José Padilha in Elite Squad (2007), Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010), and RoboCop (2014).
Adriana Barraza was previously tapped to portray Hermilda Escobar, Pablo's mother, in four episodes - including the pilot. She was later replaced by Paulina García for unknown reasons.
Narcos (2015) is the 1st Netflix Original Series featuring Chilean actors in its cast.
Several times throughout the second season several sicarios are seen armed with the Para Ordnance Model 85. Which is, in fact, an automatic paintball (labelled a 'dye marker') manufactured in the 1980s and was intended as a training tool for military and law enforcement agencies.
Many actors from "Escobar: El Patron del Mal (EPM) also star in these Miniseries. The most relevant ones: a) Christian Tappán landed the role of Gonzalo Gaviria in EPM and plays one of the Moncada brothers in Narcos. b) Helena Mallarino plays Ana de Cano in EPM and plays the mother of reporter Turbay in Narcos. c) Aldemar Correa plays the youngest of the Ochoa brothers in EPM and plays the M-19 lead in Narcos. d) Juan Carlos Arango plays El Mariachi en EPM, and plays General Ariza in Narcos.
Mauricio Mejía who plays the character of Carlos Castaño has portrayed Pablo Escobar on three non-related TV/Film productions, in El Patron del mal, La viuda negra and American Made.
The character Jorge Salcedo is portrayed by the Swedish actor Matias Varela, who has previously performed another character named Jorge in the movie Easy Money (2010).
Second season available in the U.S. on Sept. 2, 2016. All 10 episodes were available to stream at once on Netflix.
This is technically Mauricio Mejía's 2nd time portraying paramilitary leader Carlos Castaño in a TV series. The 1st time he played the role was in the Colombian TV series El Cartel de los Sapos (2008), with his role as Adolfo Aguilar, a character based on the real life Carlos Castaño.