EXCLUSIVE: Yul Vazquez Talks Movie 'Runner, Runner' And Cuban Heritage

Yul Vazquez loves playing the bad guy. 

"The trick isn't playing a villain," the Cuban-American actor said, "It's playing someone interesting and finding humor in the character."

Luckily, Vazquez just scored the villainous role of a lifetime. The actor stars in Brad Furman’s new crime thriller Runner, Runner alongside Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck. The fast-paced flick follows the adventures of Richie Furst (Timberlake) who gets himself into a scrape when he travels to Costa Rica to confront the leader (Affleck) of one of the biggest online gambling rings in the world. Things get messy when Vazquez's character, Delegate Herrera, gets involved. 

We sat down with the Cubano to discuss Runner, Runner, his Cuban heritage, and his top-secret recipe for piccadillo

Tell us about the movie Runner, Runner:

Well, it’s a movie about the very nefarious world of online gaming. You know, there’s all these people who are addicted to poker sites. All those servers and companies are housed on off-shore corporations, which is what happens in this movie. Ben Affleck’s character has an offshore company. Justin Timberlake is a player in America, and he gets into a situation. He goes to Costa Rica to see Ben. In order for Ben’s business to move smoothly, he has to pay off Delegate Herrera, who I play. Things are going along pretty well...until they don’t! 

Read about his character, Delegate Herrera, on page 2 >>>

Share this 
About this author

Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Like this post? Contribute to the discussion!