For many, he will always be Pablo Escobar, of the series “El patrón del mal”. But Andres Parra, 39, bald and blue eyes, raised the bet and incarnated Hugo Chavez. Now, this easy-going Colombian actor would like to become Donald Trump.
“I do it to him … It generates a great curiosity to me,” he tells CTN News about the brand new president of the United States, who sees “many similar things” with the late Venezuelan leader, his last starring in the television series “El Commander”.
“Nobody imagined Chavez, no one calculated it,” he says, comparing the “telluric movement” that Latin America assumed for his 14 years in power with the “shake” he believes will produce the controversial Trump on the political stage.
“I do not know if it will be a Chavez, but it came to move another society,” he says.
Relaxed after the nine-month shoot-out of a series that is not easy and he demanded a year and a half of almost exclusive preparation and endless makeup sessions, Parra admitted that the multifaceted Chávez – military, politician, singer, painter, Was an interesting “challenge” after the legendary cocaine baron in the 2012 series.
“I never thought there was going to be a character more powerful than Escobar. And Chavez arrived. In the Latin American scenario I do not find another one of the same complexity and the same level of controversy, “he says in his Bogota apartment.
There he treasures his Chavez paraphernalia: the red cap of the “Comandante”, the dolls in his image and likeness that speak, the busts of the former “Arañero de Sabaneta”, the nickname Chavez won in his village for selling sweets made by his grandmother .
“It is impossible to relate to these characters from a place other than hate or love. The gray nuances there do not exist, “says Parra about the dejected leader of the Medellin cartel and the leader of the” Bolivarian revolution. ”
The comparison is not by their actions, he clarifies, but by what they “generated in the society to which they belonged.”
“Colombia is another after Pablo Escobar and Venezuela is another after Chávez,” he says.
“El Comandante,” a fiction created by Venezuelan journalist Moisés Naim, inspired by Chavez’s life, was produced by Sony Pictures Television. Released in late January, it broadcasts on the RCN (Colombia), Telemundo (USA), Teleamazonas (Ecuador), and the rest of Latin America channels on the TNT subscriber channel.
Days ago, to mark the fourth anniversary of the president’s death, he began to see himself in TNT Brazil. And prepares to disembark in Argentina by Telefé.
However, in Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuela, the series, filmed entirely on Colombian locations, is prohibited.
“Obviously they suppose that it is an exercise to destroy the image of its commander,” says Parra. “But being clandestine, is generating a black market desperate to see,” he says.
In Colombia, polarized by the peace process with the FARC guerrillas and where Chávez’s legacy has been much questioned for associating with Cuba’s communism, the levels of open TV audience have been low. “It was not the time,” explains Parra.
This actor confesses that he is not usually seen in series or films, among them the praised “The passion of Gabriel”. But with “The Commander” is different. “I’m not losing it,” he says, while admitting that Hollywood “gives him a bit of terror”, although it is not closed to any proposal.
“We have to go beyond entertainment. From our characters we can also denounce, criticize, show things we do not want to see, “he says enthusiastically.
His dream? Live in Madrid and work with the Spanish Javier Cámara and the Argentine Ricardo Darín. “The most! A theater play all three would be a walk, “he exclaims with laughter.
Because if there is something that characterizes this tall man, who as a child suffered from bullying for being fat and found in the performance “a way to disappear,” is laughter. A contagious, elegant, funny laughter, his inevitable reaction to the “tragicomedy” of life, he says.