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    Is JJ Velasquez From 'Surviving Escobar' A Real Person? A Reformed Hitman Is Telling His Own Story

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    Fans of the Netflix series Narcos may have thought that the show thoroughly covered the story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar from all angles, including the cartels', Escobar's, the American government's, Steve Murphy and Javier Peña's, and so on. But, there is more to real-life narrative than that, according to the streaming site's new series, Surviving Escobar. It looks at the rise of Escobar's drug cartel from the point of view of confessed hitman John Jairo Velásquez. But does Surviving Escobar tell stories inspired by real people and events like Narcos? Is JJ Velásquez from Surviving Escobar a real person?

    According to Rolling Stone, Velásquez was the head hitman for the Medellín Cartel. The man, who was nicknamed Popeye by the cartel, served over 20 years in prison for charges related to drug trafficking, the murder of Colombian presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán, and terrorism. The very real Velásquez is still alive and out of jail as of 2014. He claims to have killed 300 people by himself and to have helped plan the murders of more than 3,000.

    Now 55, Velásquez has made a new business out of putting his life of crime is behind him.

    According to the Rolling Stone piece mentioned above, his experience in the cartel did inspire him to pursue acting. Instead of working as a criminal, Velásquez wants to play one on TV or in the movies. Apparently a film called X Sicario Profesional (which translates to Ex-Professional Assassin) is currently in production. Velásquez, unsurprisingly, plays a former mob hitman.

    Velásquez is also putting his actual life story out there with various media. This new Netflix series, in which JJ is played by Juan Pablo Urrego, is based on the hitman's own memoirs.

    Velásquez released his book, Surviving Pablo Escobar: Popeye the Hitman 23 Years and 3 Months In Prison, in 2015.

    He's also become a bonafide social media star. Velásquez's YouTube channel has over 450,000 subscribers, "Popeye Arrepentido," or Remorseful Popeye serves as an outlet for Velásquez to tell his story, atone, make political commentary, and sell some books, too.

    Though, Velásquez told The New York Times, “It’s not about monetizing my life story but about telling the stories, the things that happened,”

    Whether his motivation be reparation or glory, Velásquez's perspective on a notorious story is his to tell. And, the Netflix series inspired by Velásquez's accounts is definitely a drama, not a documentary.
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    Someone mentioned Narcos had a full-on faggot romance scene recently? I mean it's like we cannot escape sodomy even from the most decent shows these days.
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    Sausage Party was a damn cartoon.

    They still managed to put gay/orgy sex into it. :frown:
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    In December 1994, 3,500 untrained Russian conscripts were ordered to take the Chechen town of Grozny. What happened to these mothers' sons is the brutal mystery Betrayed exposes. "Should I try to find his grave...dig it up to see if it's my son?" grieves a Russian woman, one of a contingent of mothers who have traveled to Chechnya in hopes of an exchange of prisoners. Caught between their country's cover-up and Chechen resistance, they wait patiently as the film reconstructs the history of a 300-year conflict, unreeling images of moonscape destruction and mass graves, documenting the bureaucratic and military off-loading of responsibility, and demonstrating how this futile war -- with 40,000 casualties -- has bred Judases on every front.

    In Russian and Chechen with English subtitles

    U.S. Premiere, 1997 Human Rights Watch Festival. Distributed by First Run/ Icarus Films

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    great show, luv bateman and linney. Just fast forward thru the couple gay scenes.

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