EXCLUSIVE: John Leguizamo & Yul Vazquez Open Up About Starring in 'The Infiltrator'

EXCLUSIVE: John Leguizamo & Yul Vazquez Open Up on Starring in 'The Infiltrator'
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The Infiltrator is finally here and it is going to knock your socks off. We attended the NYC premiere and you could just feel the amazing talent in the room. The movie tells the true story of Federal agent, Robert "Bob" Mazur, played by Bryan Cranston, going undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar's drug trafficking ring that took the United States by storm in the 1980s. His partner, Emir Abreu, played by John Leguizamo, also goes undercover to try and take down one of the biggest drug cartels in the world. The film follows them through that journey and leads them to a case that brought down a total of 85 drug lords, corrupt bankers and the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, one of the biggest money-laundering banks in the world. We spoke to Leguizamo and Yul Vazquez, who plays Javier Ospina, one of the men that helped Escobar launder his money. 

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Make sure to watch the film in theaters Jul 13. 

John Leguizamo

What was it like for you to take on the role as Emir Abreu?
It was awesome to know we got great Latino FBI agents and to play a real one was awesome. We had the movie Argo where Ben Affleck played a Latino guy when it should have a Latin guy. We need our heroes so I’m glad to get a chance to do that in the movie play a positive role. This guy was brilliant especially because he was part of biggest bank bust in American history.

What did you do to prepare for the role?

I talk a lot to Emir. I hung out with him in Tampa, He was a really generous person. He was really cool, smart and he also consulted while I was on the movie making sure I didn’t mess things up.

What’s a piece of advice that he gave you?

When you’re doing your alias make sure you’re picking something that’s close to you so when you’re under the gun and you’re being questioned you don’t make so many mistakes.

Why do you think it’s important to tell stories like these?

I think so we learn about corruption and how to stop it and create heroes. We love gangster films but when they’re smart like this they’re so much better when they have a real story. The intention is real. You have great action and great writing and its better than just a disposable gangster flick. 

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