Narcos (Photo: Netflix)

Though no official numbers are available to back this up, it seems reasonable to assume that a rather sizable percentage of the viewing audience for Netflix’s Narcos watched the initial 10 episodes with Wikipedia open on their phones, saying things like, “There’s no way that really happened!” and “This can’t be real!” (Spoiler alert: A crazy amount of it is accurate.) Roberto Escobar—brother of Pablo Escobar, the real-life Colombian drug kingpin whose improbable life choices make up the foundation of the series—is volunteering to serve as our official ombudsman for the second season. The former accountant of the Medellín Cartel reached out to Netflix through a statement issued by Escobar Inc., Deadline reports.

“I am submitting a formal, friendly request to review this material solely on an informational basis,” Escobar wrote. “It is depicting me, my life, my family and my brother. I think nobody else in the world is alive to determine the validity of the materials, but me.”


An official for Escobar Inc. stated that the group also unsuccessfully attempted to communicate with Netflix before the series debuted last summer. The streaming company reportedly declined an opportunity to respond to queries from Deadline concerning Escobar’s generous fact-checking offer.

Though he he doesn’t turn up as a character in Narcos (his part in the insanity seems to have been subsumed by the character of Pablo’s cousin, played by Juan Pablo Raba), Escobar apparently enjoys talking about the glory days of cocaine-smuggling and innocent-people-murdering. After spending 11 years in a maximum-security Colombian prison for his participation in his brother’s many crimes, he helped pen three books giving insider looks at the family business, including The Accountant’s Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellin Cartel.


[via Uproxx]