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‘Breaking Bad’ villain to play infamous kidnapper

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Television > Actor will play kidnapper Ariel Castro in Lifetime movie

By Gina Velasquez

Raymond Cruz is known in movies and TV as playing tough, hardened roles. From vicious drug dealer, Tuco Salamanca on AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” to dominating detective Julio Sanchez on “Major Crimes” and “The Closer.”
His latest role is no exception. Cruz has literally transformed himself into the infamous kidnapper Ariel Castro in “Cleveland Abduction.”
Cruz’s true personality is a total opposite of the tough, ruthless characters he plays on television. The real Cruz is known for being very mild-mannered. “Tuco” is such a memorable character on “Breaking Bad” that it is hard to believe Cruz only appeared in four episodes. He reprised the role, which has been become a fan favorite, for the prequel “Better Call Saul” in two episodes so far. There is no word from the show’s producers or Cruz that Tuco will return. “Better Call Saul” aired its first season finale on April 6. Cruz claimed he would like to reprise the role of Tuco once again, but only time will tell. Both shows are filmed in Albuquerque.
“I never get to play the fun, easy roles,” he joked during a recent interview to promote the Lifetime film. It is obvious from his body of work, he has no problem playing cop, solider, or criminal.


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