In “In the Blood,” which opens Friday, April 4, Gina Carano plays a woman whose new husband (Cam Gigandet) vanishes during their Caribbean honeymoon. Armed with a deadly set of skills, she sets out to discover the truth - and to take down the men she thinks are responsible for his abduction, one by one.
Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner's full interview with Nolasco by clicking on the image above this article. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the actor discusses his character in “In the Blood” - an antagonist named Silvio Lugo.
“I would not say that he is a bad guy. I would just say that he is misunderstood. He is one of those guys who runs the underworlds in this undisclosed Caribbean country and he is not great with foreigners. He just takes care of his own - whether he has to break the law or not.
“That is who he is and he is a force to be reckoned with. But I wouldn't call him a bad guy. You just have to play it either his way or the highway. It is a little bit of a dictatorship if you want to describe it another way. But he is a guy with a gentle heart. You just don't want to cross him.
“I always want to look for something that makes [my character] likable. I don't want to hate a guy just to hate him. Villains are human after all. Evan a villain has got a mother. Even a villain has got a sister. He is probably liked by somebody so I always add some sort of a human side to it.
“Silvio is a guy who, as I was telling you earlier, is misunderstood and I made my own justifications. He is a guy who is going through an illness and this was his way of saying, ‘Look, it’s survival of the fittest. Nothing against you but I need to live.’ If it comes down between you or me, I am sorry but I am bringing you down.
“At the end the day, that is just animal instinct and who we are as humans. If you and I were in the middle of the jungle, I’ll be your loyal friend and I'll be there with you. But if it comes down between you or me, I'm sorry but you're going down. And that is the way that I justified who Silvio Lugo was.” - Amaury Nolasco