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From co-creators Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, the FX series Mayans M.C. is the next chapter in the Sons of Anarchy saga, now set in a post-Jax Teller world. Fresh out of prison and trying to carve out a new identity in a town where he was once the golden boy with big dreams, Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (JD Pardo) is trying to navigate what it means to be a Prospect in the Mayans M.C. charter on the California/Mexico border. While figuring out what the next step in his life can be, EZ is torn between his struggling but lawful father (Edward James Olmos), his brother Angel (Clayton Cardenas), who is a full patch member of the M.C., and his childhood sweetheart Emily (Sarah Bolger), who seems to have moved on without him.
During this 1-on-1 interview with Collider, actor Richard Cabral (who plays Johnny “El Coco” Cruz, former Army sharpshooter and weapons specialist who is a full patch member) talked about how having lived the life helps his color his characters, what he’s most proud of when it comes to his success as an actor, working with actors that he admires both professionally and personally, where his character fits into the M.C., learning about where things are going episode by episode, and what it’s like to wear his M.C. cut.
Collider - Variety - Projects - Characters
Collider: You’ve been in a wide variety of projects now, always playing very interesting characters.
RICHARD CABRAL: I’ve been blessed to have done a variety of things.
Ways - Characters - Stereotypes - Ways - Layers
How do you find ways to differentiate the characters you play and keep them from becoming stereotypes? Do you feel like you’re able to find ways to add to the layers to make them more complex?
CABRAL: Definitely! I think it’s because I’ve lived this life. Until I was 25 years old, I was incarcerated, so I know...
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