When Netflix unveiled a first look at the cast of Narcos: Mexico Season 3, Latin star Bad Bunny was on the list. The Puerto Rican rapper portrayed “Kitty” Paez, a member of the Narco Juniors. But fans may not be aware that Bad Bunny’s character was a real hitman. Here’s everything you need to know about the famous Cartel Leader.
Who is Arturo ‘Kitty’ Paez?
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The character of Bad Bunny is based on the famous drug lord named Everardo Arturo Paez, also known as “El Kitty”. According to The Los Angeles Times, Paez grew up in Chula Vista and had a close relationship with the Arellano FÃ©lix cartel.
Paez was a prominent member of the cartel. Through Infobae, he would “judge and condemn” the attackers and decide “who to kill”. Mexican authorities arrested Paez in 1997. In the end, law enforcement charged Paez with six counts of “directing tons of cocaine shipments” to the United States from 1988 to 1996. In Additionally, the charges included money laundering and a “drug lord allegation”.
According to the LA Times, his arrest was seen as the “first significant move to emerge” in law enforcement efforts to thwart drug trafficking. US officials wanted Paez kicked out as soon as possible. However, this did not happen until January 2001. The Supreme Court of Mexico “rendered a decision” which eradicated “legal obstacles to the extradition of Mexican citizens”. The extradition of Paez marked the first time that Mexico agreed to âsurrender a major Mexican drug suspectâ.
In October 2001, Paez pleaded guilty to organizing and supervising a drug trafficking group across the border from San Diego to Los Angeles. While Paez has denied his affiliation with the Arellano Felix gang, his advocacy has helped him avoid a life sentence. Eventually, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison. In addition, it will be released in 2032.
How did Bad Bunny get a role in “Narcos: Mexico” Season 3?
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Even though Bad Bunny played a minor role in Narcos: Mexico Season 3, he made a lasting impression on audiences. Many viewers praised his acting skills, especially since the role marked the rapper’s debut on camera.
In an interview with TV line, Narcos: Mexico Showrunner Carlo Bernard revealed that his assistant was “so excited” to hear that Bad Bunny wanted to join the show. At that point, Bernard knew he had to have Bad Bunny on the show.
âWhen we were writing the season I was told Bad Bunny wanted to be on the show,â he shared. âAnd I knew it was a big deal because my assistant was so excited. That’s when I realized we should definitely be doing this. We had to try to find a way to figure out his schedule, and he was great at trying to turn things around so he could spend as much time with us as possible.
Bernard continued, âIt was a fun way for Bad Bunny to lean into his charisma. He was great and had a great time. All of the cast and crew really enjoyed working with him.
Bad Bunny has several actor projects in the works
In addition to making music, Ban Bunny decided to venture further into the acting profession. According to NME, Bad Bunny will star in the comedy-drama American sole. The film centers on a group of entrepreneurs creating a sneaker app.
Additionally, he will star alongside Pete Davidson and O’Shea Jackson Jr. The chart-topping musician has joined the cast of the action film. High-speed train. At the moment, information about the project is limited. But Bad Bunny will star alongside Hollywood veterans Brad Pitt, Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor Johnson.
Narcos: Mexico Season 3 is now streaming on Netflix.