The line between good and evil on FX's Mayans M.C. is weathered and threadbare, as evidenced by that wild Season 1 finale, but co-creators Kurt Sutter and Elgin James have generally tipped their hat to who the protagonists and antagonists are. One of Mayans' so-called bad guys is cartel leader Miguel Galindo, as portrayed by Danny Pino, who spent years as the mostly justice-minded Detective Nick Amaro on Law & Order: SVU. Not exactly the most substitutional characters.
Danny Pino and many others from the Mayans M.C. cast, along with the co-creators, were on hand at this year's Television Critics Association summer press tour. I had the pleasure of speaking with Pino and Sarah Bolger, who plays his on-screen wife Emily. Among other questions directly related to the chaotic second season premiering in September, I asked the actor for his thoughts on Miguel and Amaro coming face-to-face, and how that would go. First, his more amusing take:
It would truly be a scene straight out of Twin Peaks, as co-revised by Kurt Sutter and Dick Wolf. Which itself sounds like a David Lynch creation.
Danny Pino followed that surreal scenario with a more genuine take that speaks to Miguel Galindo and Nick Amaro perhaps being on opposite ends of the same tempered coin.
At that point, Sarah Bolger joked about it turning into a buddy comedy between the cartel leader and the (now-former) detective. Clearly, that idea would interesting enough for at least a limited series' episode count. Call it Amaro & Galindo: SVUMC. (Note to self: that title is probably perfect enough.)
All joking aside, though, Danny Pino likely has more appreciation for his place in life than either Nick Amaro or Miguel Galindo do with theirs. Amaro's impulsive anger blocked him from ascending the police ranks, while Miguel has just enough of a moral code to keep him from fully reveling in his criminal enterprises. He's not exactly crying about living in a super-dope house, but the life is weighing on him going into Season 2.
Here, Danny Pino talked about the graciousness he feels:
Another comparison can be found here. Both Law & Order: SVU and Mayans M.C. are spinoffs to two of the most popular dramas on broadcast networks and cable, respectively. Now, if only FX, Kurt Sutter and Elgin James could find ways to keep Mayans on the air for 21 seasons like SVU. If It's Always Sunny can go 14 seasons, it's at least looking into keeping Mayans around that long, assuming the characters could stay alive that long.
Judging by the show's first trailer for Season 2, survival may be extremely hard to maintain.
Get ready to watch Danny Pino (and Sarah Bolger and the rest of the cast) get even more down and dirty when the mud starts flying in Season 2, which will debut on FX on (Teller) Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. ET.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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