Interview by Rafy Mediavilla – Actor Manuel Garcia-Rulfo gives new life to Mickey Haller, & we talk about his hispanic side on Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer”. #TheLincolnLawyer
From creator David E. Kelley, THE LINCOLN LAWYER is the story of Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), an iconoclastic idealist, who runs his law practice out of the back of his Lincoln, as he takes on cases big and small across the expansive city of Los Angeles. Based on The Brass Verdict, the second book in The Lincoln Lawyer series by Michael Connelly.
THE LINCOLN LAWYER also stars Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, Jazz Raycole and Angus Sampson. Connelly is an executive producer and writer on the series. The series was developed for television by Ted Humphrey who serves as showrunner, executive producer and writer. Ross Fineman and Kelley are also executive producers. The series is produced by A+E Studios and Barry Jossen and Tana Jamieson serve as executive producers.
This series is both a master class in law, but it’s also a masterclass in life lessons. What can we take away from the story and your character? There are a lot of stuff happening in there. What can we take away from your character and the story?
It’s a lot of things, but I guess, you know, loyalty, honesty, looking for the truth, despite everything, you know, despite anything. And I think that’s why people really, really connect and really, like, make holiday, you know, because it doesn’t matter, you know what he can lose. He will always go for the truth and for. And to do the right thing now. So yeah, I think that would be it.
Something that stood out for me was that we didn’t shy away from speaking Spanish when we had to speak Spanish. Dropping those Spanish lines. Was that something that was in the script from the beginning?
No, it was in the script. Well, in the books Mickey Haller half Mexican have American. His mother is Mexican. But yeah. And the script there was very little. So when I start reading, I talked to the producer, I was like, come on, let’s just explore this more, and let’s explore his side of his Mexican side. So, yeah, definitely. I was throwing some words, and, making him tacos or, to explore more his that Mexican side.
And I was really thankful because, you know, they really, they’re like, okay, cool on. Just don’t say anything, bad words or anything because we don’t understand what you’re saying. It’s like, no, no, no. I got, you know. So, yeah, I was really appreciate that. They gave me the freedom to explore that side of, of making all their more.
We need to ask about working with the Scream Queen Neve Campbell. What did you learn from her that the world doesn’t already know about her?
It’s just since she’s such a good actor, like she’s one of those actors that I that I love working with because she doesn’t have to do anything, you know? And she tells you everything. Like, she’s very pure. Like, I mean, like the way she acts, you know, very, very human. So, you know, it was such a pleasure to work with her.
You mentioned the novel. There also was a movie with the same name and people, lots of people that read the novel and watch the movie may be curious. But what can you tell them to expect from the series? Well, compared to the novel and the movie.
Well, It’s just a different take. You know, it’s a different take on different, you know, that a patient, as you know it comes from different the actor is different or the actors are different. The format is TV, which is changes a lot. You know, you have to put everything, you know in a movie. You have to put everything in 2 hours or whatever. And then in the TV series, you have the chance to explore not just the main character and see the whole arc, but the other characters, which are so interesting around, you know, Mickey Haller and everything.
So yeah, I guess is that it doesn’t change much. I mean, it’s based on the second book and they just switch some things to make it work for the TV, but is basically the same idea. But yeah, I guess it’s, it’s very loyal to the world of micro economy and you know, so it’s a great David Kelly and Michael Connelly. So I’d say you know you can’t go wrong.
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