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Narcos Mexico season two was launched on Netflix back in February as it followed the downfall of kingpin Felix Gallardo (played by Diego Luna). In order to tell this story across its two outings so far, the show has featured a number of real-life figures involved in the drug wars – here’s what some of them think of the show.
What do the real-life figures think of Narcos Mexico?
Across its two seasons so far, Narcos Mexico has featured a number of real people involved in the birth of Mexico’s drug cartels.
While the showrunner Eric Newman has revealed the show is only based around half on facts, it does feature real figures.
This includes those involved in smuggling drugs, the police officers in Mexico and the US DEA agents looking to stop them.
While some of the people featured are now dead, a number of them are still alive, including some who actively helped with the creation of the show.
Express.co.uk has rounded up what some of the real-life people have said about the Netflix series.
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Introduced in season two, Mimi Webb was a Texan woman who was in a relationship with Pablo Acosta.
She was played by actor Sosie Bacon in the show who spoke to the real Webb about portraying her accurately.
Speaking to Oprah Mag, the real Webb said she found the experience of watching Narcos cathartic, especially as she lost her baby in real life while in the fictionalised version she did not.
She said: “To have Sosie come through that and not have lost the baby. It was a good thing, to me.”
However, she did also add the experience of watching it was painful, telling the publication: “It was a lot for a weekend.
“Thank God I have pretty vistas and dogs to play with. I just could not do it any faster than that.”
Real DEA agent Jamie Kuykendall is played by Matt Letscher in the Netflix series as a character involved in investigating the cartels with Kiki Camarena.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Kuykendall revealed he found watching the series brought up memories of that time for him.
He told the publication: “The final episodes brought back some bad memories, especially when they actually picked him up.
“The whole idea that could happen and exist blew my mind then and it still does today.”
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Kuykendall actually worked as a consultant on the series and even visited the show’s Mexico City set.
He added: “I wanted it to be as accurate as possible and I knew that they were going to take many liberties.
“I was especially anxious that they portray the DEA agents in a respectful manner, and they did.
“I also wanted it to be very obvious that the corruption in the Mexican government created the atmosphere that allowed the narco crimes to happen.”
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Sandra Alvila Beltran
According to star Teresa Ruiz, Isabella Bautista is based on a real-life figure named Sandra Alvila Beltran.
Speaking to W Magazine back in February, she revealed how despite the name change she played the role as if it were Beltran.
She said: “I basically prepped to play that real person, just like Diego Luna is playing the real Miguel Angel.”
While Beltran has not specifically revealed her thoughts about her portrayal in the Narcos series, she did speak to the Guardian about her portrayal in other fictionalised versions of her life.
In an interview back in 2016 she was talking about the USA Network series Queen of the South focused on her.
She told the publication how these were the actions of Hollywood-wannabes who would never penetrate the intrigues of the true narco world.
Narcos Mexico seasons 1-2 are available to stream on Netflix now.
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