Ambitious new series about the rise of notorious ‘narco-terrorist’ Pablo Escobar
Netflix, starts Friday, 28 August
TRUTH IS NOT only stranger than fiction but more terrifying. Pablo Escobar, subject of Netflix’s new 10-part biopic, was a gang boss who made Tony Soprano and Don Corleone look like shoplifters.
‘Robin Hood of Medellin’
How to encapsulate this grotesque era in a TV drama? Series co-creator Eric Newman is adamant it will not celebrate the man some incongruously called the ‘Robin Hood of Medellin’.
‘US drugs policy hasn’t worked’
Padilha says the story is also a critique of the ‘war on drugs’: ‘The drug policy that we have in the US hasn’t worked in the last 30 years. The Nancy Reagan “Just Say No” approach doesn’t work. It shouldn’t be treated as a drug war, rather a health problem.’