Before Wagner Moura stepped on the set to play Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar for the Netflix series “Narcos,” the Brazilian actor had more to learn than just his lines.
He had to learn how to speak Escobar’s native Spanish.
“It was probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do as an actor, learn how to speak another language to play a character,” said Moura, 40, whose first language is Portuguese. “At the same time, it brought me [closer] to the character. In other words, ‘I’m learning your language to play you.’”
For his efforts at bringing to life one of the most feared and hated men in modern history, Moura was nominated for a Golden Globe for his...