One of the great guilty pleasures of AMC’s long-running Breaking Bad series were the tremendously complex and consistently unpredictable villains. Bryan Cranston’s joyously dark alter-ego Walter White was continually pitted against ruthless adversaries, such as Giancarlo Esposito’s Gus Fring and Jonathan Banks’ Mike Ehrmantraut, but for my money the show’s most-inspired and lethal villain will always be Tuco Salamanca, as played by veteran character actor Raymond Cruz.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cruz, who also plays Tuco in a semi-regular role on the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, has just been cast on the upcoming FX Network series, Mayans MC, which is itself a spin-off of FX’s Sons of Anarchy. This new series takes place after the events in the Sons of Anarchy finale, focusing on biker activities along the California/Mexico border. Cruz’s character is Che “Padre” Romero, a hardened member of the Mayans MC and also the club’s “voice of reason.”
Wait a minute? Tuco is the voice of reason?
Well, let’s not forget that Cruz has over 80 film and television credits, including his breakout performance as Army sniper Domingo “Ding” Chavez in the outstanding Harrison Ford espionage thriller, Clear and Present Danger. Cruz, who grew up in East Los Angeles, has played a wide variety of light and dark characters in films like Training Day and Under Siege with roles on landmark TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 24, The Closer, and X-Files.
The rest of the Mayans MC cast is diverse and exceptional, including: Edward James Olmos, Richard Cabral, Sarah Bolger, and Emilio Rivera. This looks like a gritty and intense drama that should be very different from anything else on TV.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter