“My body froze”: Carlos Villagrán, Quico, recalled when he rejected a million dollar sum for working for Pablo Escobar

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The mexican actor Carlos Villagrán, remembered throughout Latin America for having given life to the popular character of Quico in the series The boy from 8, revealed details about a time when the drug trafficker Pablo Escobar wanted hire their services to liven up the Birthday Party of his daughter, proposal that included a considerable sum of money.

In a talk with the chain America TV, from Argentina, the histrion recalled how during one of his trips to Colombia to work on your circus was approached by workers of the famous capo, maximum leader of the Medellín Cartel.

I was at the Tequendama hotel in Bogotá when they called me from the reception. They tell me: “There are three people who want to talk to you.” I thought they were journalists

In the early 1980s, the actor separated from the team headed by Chespirito (Photo: File)

Carlos Villagrán assured that has always been very accessible with people who want to get closer to him, because he knows that your audience deserves your attention and respect, so he had no problem receiving the men who came to see him; However, he said that he felt shaking chills when they found out who they were and what they were looking for at their hotel.

They came up, we introduced ourselves, they had a portfolio in hand, they opened it and took out a checkbook, they put it on a coffee table, they opened it. I was told; ‘Tomorrow is the birthday of our employer’s daughter, he wants you to act, put the number you want, up to a million dollars

To get rid of the dangerous invitation, Quico expressed that his employment contract prevented him from making other people’s presentations to those who had taken him to that country, an excuse that worked for him, since the drug lord’s messengers no longer insisted.

The actor made a career in Latin American countries where the public received him warmly thanks to Quico (Photo: File)
The actor made a career in Latin American countries where the public received him warmly thanks to Quico (Photo: File)

“My body froze, I didn’t expect such a thing. It occurred to me to tell them that I had a clause in which I said that I could do nothing more than what I came to, they respected me, They closed the checkbooks, they closed the briefcase, they said goodbye to me very well and left. I suppose they were Pablo Escobar’s people ”, revealed the actor who, if he had accepted the offer, would have presented himself as Quico, his popular character for whom he remained in legal issues for several years with its creator, Roberto Gómez Bolaños Chespirito, and from whom he distanced himself to undertake independent projects linked to the character.

“Having refused, I became very afraid soon after, because Every day they took me on different roads to the circus and daily they brought me on different roads, different streets to the hotel“He mentioned remembering the strategy with which he would have misled the henchmen of the dark character of drugs if he were following him. He feared retaliation for his refusal.

“More or less on the third day I tell them‘ I am leaving because I am terribly afraid, they are going to shoot me for having refused and I prefer to return, I will return another time, “he said to reveal that later He returned to the Colombian country and no longer had any incident in this regard..

Villagrán has remained in the midst of controversy in recent times for his position on the coronavirus, which he denies its existence (Photo: File)
Villagrán has remained in the midst of controversy in recent times for his position on the coronavirus, which he denies its existence (Photo: File)

In the interview, he was questioned about the alleged actions of the cast of The boy from 8 before the boss at private parties, in which they would have received large amounts of money from drug trafficking.

It was the whole group of The boy from 8 but me; I was already out of the group, they did work for Pablo Escobar

The rivalry between Quico and the writer of the program who died in 2014 is known, because after leaving the ensemble of actors, Roberto Gómez Bolaños argued that character in question it was his total responsibility, claiming the license rights.

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