Netflix users across the nation have raved about the streaming service’s original series Narcos, which presents a portrayal of the larger-than-life existence of history’s premier cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. Escobar’s story is told from the point of view of a United States narcotics agent and follows Escobar’s life through moments that include his entrance to the cocaine business, assassinating Colombian officials and building his own luxury prison, among others. However, a person very close to “El Padrino” does not approve of the series: his son.
Sebastian Marroquin (born Juan Pablo Escobar) has voiced his displeasure with Narcos, citing inaccuracies. He claims that the series “is an insult to Colombia’s history and to the thousands of victims of drug trafficking,” according to the Express Tribune. The 38-year-old architect also decries, what he feels is, a positive depiction of the American law enforcers tasked to bring his father down. He feels that “they should include chapters showing how the [US] Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) charged my dad ‘taxes’ so he could send cocaine to the US territory via Miami International Airport.”
Marroquin’s disgust with the show could stem from his claim that director Jose Padilha rejected his offer to serve as a consultant for the show. In a bold statement, Padilha says that the children of Pablo Escobar don’t know much about their father and “were not fully aware of what was going on with their father.”
Marroquin knew enough about his father to write about him in his book, Pablo Escobar: My Father. Further evidence that shows how well Marroquin knew his father are detailed in a recent profile piece published by the Daily Mail.