Guest: Paul Eckstein
By 1982, cocaine made up 30% of all Colombian export, surpassing coffee, with much help by cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. The new hit Netflix series “Narcos” traces his rise as one of the leaders of the Meddellín Cartel, the flow of cocaine from Colombia into the United States and the DEA’s attempts to bring down Escobar and the cartel.
Brazilian actor Wagner Moura has received high praise for his portrayal of Escobar, who is a complex character – to say the least. He is one of the worlds most notorious criminals, reportedly responsible for over 4,000 murders and terrorizing many more, but to some he is also a hero, a Robin Hood like character who gave money to poor communities in Colombia, built soccer stadiums and even ran for office. At the time of his death, he was reportedly worth an estimated $25 billion dollars – making him also the wealthiest criminal in history.
“Narcos” is filmed on location in Colombia with some real archival footage mixed in, and many of the real-life protagonists are consultants on the show. The result is equal parts drama and fascinating history lesson.
We speak to producer Paul Eckstein about the extensive research that went into developing the project, the amazing cast and crew who have brought the scripts to life, and what is next for him and the team. We also ask him about his experience acting on Star Trek and why he thinks the show is a hotbed for talented writers.
Images courtesy of Netflix, Variety.
Host/Producer: Christina Jeurling Birro
Producer: Renee Viterstedt
Editor: Tom Hansen
Theme Song: Carl Borg
Paul Eckstein is an accomplished writer and producer known best for his work on the film "Hoodlum" and the television series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent". He is currently a writer and producer on the upcoming Netflix series "Narcos" and upcoming film "Revival" and has previously worked on the series' "Street Time and "First Wave". Currently Eckstein is in South Africa, along with “Narcos” Executive Producer Chris Brancato, filming the new ABC series “Of Kings and Prophets” starring Ray Winstone.