John Leguizamo: The Movie Was Hard For Me

Actor John Leguizamo dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Tuesday to discuss his career and new movie, “The Infiltrator,” which debuts Wednesday.

“It’s about the biggest bank bust in American history,” Leguizamo explained on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “That’s really the central point. 1986. But the way we did it, I infiltrate the Pablo Escobar cartel and I bring Bryan Cranston, who is more a desk agent, a paper pusher, but good with banks also. So he comes with me to the cartel, we follow the money to the banks and then we take both of them down.”

Leguizamo, 51, plays Emir Abreu, while Cranston plays Robert Mazur. Abreu and Mazur are real people about whom the move is based.

“The real guy, Emir Abreu, he’s in Tampa,” Leguizamo said. “I went down there, I hung out and with him and Bob Mazur. I hung out with both of them and spent a lot of time on the phone. I’m a nerd. I’m asking millions of questions. When you got there, what did you say to the informant? How do you get the informant to talk? How do you hide your wire? I’m constantly asking millions of questions. I want to get stuff right.”

The film is filled with action and high on drama.

“The movie was hard for me,” Leguizamo admitted. “I’m not going to lie. I love Brad Furman. He’s a genius director. But the movie was hard for me. It was really hard for me. I did a lot of stunts. I almost got hurt a lot. And I do that for Brad because I love him. I think he’s one of the great directors of our time. I’ll do anything for him, and sometimes my love for him – I put myself at risk.”

Leguizamo, who has starred in dozens of movies, loved working with Cranston, who played Walter White in Breaking Bad and Lyndon Johnson in All the Way.

“Oh, man, he is the nicest, coolest, funniest dude,” Leguizamo said. “You work with him, he’s generous. He’s not one of these actors who’s afraid he’s going to be upstaged or somebody’s going to look better than him. He doesn’t care. He knows he’s great.”

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