August is about to breathe its final breaths, which can only mean one thing: Narcos season 2 is about to slide into your Netflix queue. To celebrate the arrival of another batch of the Netflix original series centered on the hunt for cocaine king Pablo Escobar, Pedro Pascal stopped by Stephen Colbert's Late Show to clarify a tiny detail about his brutal Game of Thrones death and to keep it overwhelmingly 💯 about the terror of embedding himself with real DEA agents to prepare for Narcos.
"I met him," Pascal told Colbert of the real-life DEA agent, Javier Peña, who he plays on the series. "I spent time with him. We went to Quantico and I trained for a week with the other actor Boyd Holbrook, and Steve Murphy whom he plays, and it was weird." According to Pascal, his upbringing made his level of ease around the DEA a less-than-pleasant experience.
"I'm from Chile," Pascal said. "I am a child of socialist political refugees. We are very, very liberal and I can't seem to shake the feeling amongst the DEA because, I mean, I don't wanna accuse them of being conservative but…" Totally understand what you mean dude. They're narcs!
Pascal added that he couldn't help but have conflicting feelings about the DEA's day-to-day tasks, namely their pursuit of drugs. "Every drug they talk about, I can only think about doing it," Pascal said. "Not that I have or anything." Pascal then detailed the extensive amount of training he and his fellow actors underwent in preparation for the shoot, training that kind of sounds downright horrific.
"We did tactical simulations where we kind of have to perform a scenario," the actor explained. "I had to go buy drugs from somebody's house. This was all in Quantico. You have like a description of what you're supposed to do and supposed to ask." When the DEA's attempted trick at luring Pascal into the fake house failed, they then detailed what would have happened had he went inside and thus "terrified" the actor.
See that terrifying training in action when Narcos drops off its second season Sept. 2.