Wagner Moura is a Brazilian film, television and stage actor. He is worldwide known for his role as Pablo Escobar at “Narcos”. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about him!
1.His full name is Wagner Maniçoba de Moura
2. He was born on 27 June, 1976.
3. Wagner Moura was born in Salvador, a city located in Northeast Region of Brazil, but grew up in the small town of Rodelas, Bahia.
4. His mother, Alderiva, was a housewife, and his father, José Moura, was a Sergeant in the Brazilian Air Force.
5. At the age of 13, he moved back with his family to Salvador, Bahia.
6. He graduated in journalism at Federal University of Bahia but decided to become an actor.
7. In 1997 he appeared in the film Woman on Top starring Penélope Cruz.
8. In 2007 he played Captain Nascimento, protagonist of the Golden Bear winner in the 2008 Berlin Film Festival, Elite Squad.
9. During the preparation for the first Elite Squad film, Wagner and part of the cast were subject to realistic special forces training conducted by Paulo Storani, a former captain of BOPE, the elite squad portrayed in the movie.
10. During training, Storani was asked by the cast director to help “develop” Wagner’s aggression for the role, which he attempted to do through repeated sessions of moral abuse.
11. After several days, Storani finally got the reaction he was looking for, and a little more.
12. He reportedly made a fictional threat to Wagner’s family, particularly mentioning Wagner’s newborn to which the actor responded with a punch that fractured Storani’s nose.
13. In 2010, he starred in the sequel to Elite Squad, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within.
14. In 2013, he played “Spider” in the sci-fi film Elysium.
15. He starred in the Netflix original series Narcos.
16. Besides his acting career, Moura is a lyricist and the vocalist of a band named Sua Mãe (“Your Mum”).
17. In 2012, he guest performed as lead vocalist for some Legião Urbana tribute shows, featuring surviving members Marcelo Bonfá and Dado Villa-Lobos.
18. Since 2001, Moura has been married to journalist and photographer Sandra Delgado.
19. He has three sons: Bem, Salvador and José.
20. He practices Transcendental Meditation.
21.In a period of just one year (2007 to 2008), he achieved stardom with three big success, in cinema, TV and theater: starring in the blockbuster movie The elite squad (2007) (as Captain Nascimento), playing the villain Olavo in the soap opera Paraíso Tropical (2007) and playing the Shakespeare play Hamlet on stage.
22. He is a good friend of actors Lázaro Ramos and Vladimir Brichta, since the beginning of their careers on stages in Salvador, Bahia.
23. He learned to speak Spanish for his role as Pablo Escobar in Narcos (2015).