LOS ANGELES – October 5, 2015– In one of the year’s most buzzed about films, actor Bernardo Saracino is portraying a character that could be plucked from the headlines – fictional cartel boss Manuel Díaz in the Lionsgate film Sicario. Rolling Stone reviewed, “In Spanish, “sicario” means “hitman.” In film terms, Sicario is sensational, the most gripping and tension-packed spin through America’s covert War on Drugs since Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic 15 years ago…”
From the New Yorker – “Sicario feels like one of the last Westerns…” to The Hollywood Reporter – “…Drenched in many shades of ambiguity as it dramatizes a complex U.S.-led effort to take out a major Mexican drug lord south of the border…” the film has left an impact on its audiences.
“I play a character named Manuel Diaz,” explained Saracino. “Manuel is a prominent business owner in Arizona who is also a cartel leader – he operates out of the United States but is still in control of a major drug Cartel in Mexico. He is a family man – father, husband, very devoted to them; he also has the abilty to impersonalize everything – he has a job to do, a family to feed and is able to operate in a place where work is impersonal.
“Sicario is a masterpiece in exposing mankind’s ability to see where they’d cast themselves in the battle of good vs. evil. It will take the viewer on a ride that will leave them haunted and questioning their own moral compass and discussing it weeks later,” he added.
For Saracino, Sicario is his latest role, having portrayed the youthful swagger of millennial’s with the intellect of old souls in previous roles. He’s been seen on screen as a Hispanic World War II veteran in Bless Me Ultima as well as a street-smart East LA Hispanic talk show host Juan David in the Funny or Die’s shorts “Juan David.”
Raised outside of Albuquerque within a family that was a blend of Native American, Hispanic and Italian heritage, his multi-ethnic and unique New Mexico heritage has created a platform to showcase comedy, drama and suspense with his work. From early New Mexico to veterans to the heartbreak of losing his family at a young age and being raised by his grandparents, his life resounds in all of his work.
He is shooting his next project in New Mexico. He is represented by Linda McAlister Talent and George Cisneros at Embolden Entertainment.