Amaury Nolasco, 39, has a starring role on one of the fall season's hottest new dramas—Jerry Bruckheimer's action-packed cat and mouse, Chase. The Boricua actor, best known for his role as inmate Fernando Sucre on FOX's Prison Break, spoke to Latina.com about the new show (premiering tonight at 10 p.m. on NBC), the coolest chase scene he's filmed so far, and why his character is a Latino role model.
Tell us about your new show, Chase.
It’s one of those shows that will have you begging for commercials because only then will you have time to go and pee. It’s nonstop action—it grabs you by the neck and doesn’t let you go!
What’s the coolest chase sequence you’ve filmed so far?
Yesterday, we shot an amazing sequence about four of us going after two guys and the guys we’re chasing split. So, me and Annie (Kelli Giddish) pick one of the guys, and the other two [Marshalls] pick the other guy to chase. It’s a great piece. We started running at 10:45 a.m. and didn’t stop running until 7 p.m. It took a toll on my body. I’m not 20 anymore! [Laughs]
How is Chase different from other police procedurals on TV?
We get to know more about the villain throughout the entire episode—compared to other shows where you’re trying to find out who the villain is and only get to meet them in the end. You know who the villain is from minute one and you get to judge whether it’s fair (or not) that they’re being pursued.
Who do you play on the show?
I play Marco Martinez. He’s a kid whose parents emigrated from Puerto Rico when he was 14 or 15 years old and he came to the U.S in search of the American Dream. One of the things that I love about this character is that he’s a role model. Latinos have come a long way from playing the convict or the maid or the gardener or the drug addict. Marco is a stand-up guy—he’s on the right side of the law.
Is Marco Martinez different from your Prison Break character, Fernando Sucre?
Fernando Sucre is—God, it’s my baby. It was 4 years of playing a loveable character who was on the wrong side of the law by mistake—a character that fell through the cracks. He could have been your brother. He could have been your best friend. He was a guy who was passionate about love and his love for his girl drove him to do things that were completely wrong. Marco is completely different from Sucre and I’m glad. He is definitely a very intelligent guy, and he’s a guy who’s motivated and has got a driving force behind him. He is a role model. Not that Sucre was a bad guy—but I don’t think Sucre could be a role model. [Laughs]