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What Do The Characters Of Narcos Look Like In Real Life?

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What Do The Characters Of Narcos Look Like In Real Life?

With Narcos back on our screens and everyone feeling a little bit better about their life now they can follow the exploits of a criminal drug lord, we have been wondering what the characters of the Netflix smash-hit looked like in real life.

Was Pena's moustache as sick as it appears? Was Pablo Escobar punching above his weight with Tata? We'll soon find out.

I'm not going to give too much away so if you want to know what happened to them in real life, then you can give it a Google.

PABLO ESCOBAR

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The main man of the series itself is of course none other than Pablo Escobar. There's a pretty good match, to be fair. Not sure whether that is a good or a bad thing. I'm not sure I would want to be told I look like Pablo.

Narcos:

Pablo Escobar Narcos
Pablo Escobar Narcos

Image credit: Netflix

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Real life:

Pablo Escobar
Pablo Escobar

Image Credit: PA

JAVIER PENA

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DEA agent Javier Pena was one of the lead investigators in the hunt for Pablo. And he was also a man fond of some iconic facial hair.

Narcos:

Javier Pena
Javier Pena

Image credit: Netflix

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Real life:

Javier Pena
Javier Pena

STEVE MURPHY

Murphy worked alongside Pena in the hunt for Escobar and, like his colleague, was another legendarily mustachioed man of the law.

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Narcos:

Steve Murphy
Steve Murphy

Image Credit: Netflix

Real life:

Steven Murphy
Steven Murphy

TATA ESCOBAR

Pablo's wife in Narcos is called Tata but in real life she is called Maria Victoria Henao. Here's how they compare.

Narcos:

Tata Escobar
Tata Escobar

Image Credit: Netflix

Real life:

Tata Escobar
Tata Escobar

HORATIO CARRILLO

There is little evidence to suggest Carrillo from Narcos was a real person. He is in charge of Search Bloc and that was a real force in the fight against Escobar, which has led to Internet rumours that suggest he was based on a person called Colonel Hugo Martinez. Colonel Martinez was the original commander of Search Bloc. I'll let you be the judge.

Narcos:

Horatio Carrillo
Horatio Carrillo

Image Credit: Netflix

Real life:

Colonel Hugo
Colonel Hugo

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FABIO OCHO

Fabio Ochoa was a main player in Escobar's Medellín Cartel. The similarities between his character in Narcos and in real life are bloody uncanny, if I'm honest.

Narcos:

Fabio Ochoa
Fabio Ochoa

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Real life:

Fabio Ochoa
Fabio Ochoa

CESAR GAVIRIA

I think we have saved the best to last here. President Cesar Gaviria was an enemy of Escobar and was the subject of much scheming and general shitty stuff from Pablo. The Narcos character is a dead ringer for real life.

Narcos:

Cesar Gaviria
Cesar Gaviria

Image Credit: Netflix

Real life:

Cesar Gaviria
Cesar Gaviria

Image Credit: PA

LA QUICA

Most of the characters in Narcos look pretty similar to the person they are playing from real life. However, that goes out the window with La Quica, who was working as Escobar's reported chief assassin. He is also known as Munoz Mosquera.

Narcos:

La Quica
La Quica

Real life:

La Quica
La Quica

All in all, I don't think you can argue with some of the similarities. The hair might be a little more slick for the wonder of television but otherwise those TV execs have done their stuff.

Video Credit: Netflix

If you've not watched Narcos yet, why not? It is showing on Netflix now.

Main image credit: Netflix

Topics: Pablo Escobar, Netflix, Narcos

Peter Fraser
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