“La Barbie shared with” Chapo “Guzmán the illusion of seeing his story on the big screen: this is how his film materialized

La Barbie became the head of the Beltrán Leyva hitmen (Photo: ESPECIAL / CUARTOSCURO)

Édgar Valdez Villarreal, the “Barbie”, I had the dream of seeing an autobiographical movie. Before being captured in 2010, the illusion of the head of the cartel’s hitmen Beltran Leyva it materialized.

The Mexican kingpin, one of the most bloodthirsty criminals in the early 2000s, allegedly dictated the script for a story about his criminal career. Chronicles of a narco he looks at his empire of infamy, his family and sentimental relationships. Her bloody struggle with the government, her brawl with other cartels for control of the territories and her ruthlessness and sadism.

The story navigates the experience of Édgar Valdez Villarreal. There is an overdose of information and fiction about his sinister figure and its significance in the history of Mexico.

The narcoproduction, according to the writer Diego Enrique Osorno, was shot in public locations in Monterrey (Nuevo León) and Acapulco (Guerrero). Little is known about the research and development of “meloframa”; however, it was pointed to now deputy, Sergio Mayer, as the producer of it.

Édgar Valdez Villarreal, alias “La Barbie” (Photo: AP)
Édgar Valdez Villarreal, alias “La Barbie” (Photo: AP)

Diego Enrique Osorno He relates that in the film, the “Barbie” is played by Diego Dreyfus, who today is a life coach. “Yeniffer Behrens, actress of series like CSI, Desperate Housewifes, and Greys Anatomy, as well as Carlos Millet, a well-known actor from the most famous Telmex commercial: “Háblele!”, who in the film plays Arturo Beltrán Leyva, the “Barbas”.

The film was made in 2008, and is now part of the cult of life for Édgar Valdez Villarreal.


It all started however, in the newspapersHis image – fair skin, blue eyes and blond hair – flooded the press, as he was the first American to become a central figure in drug trafficking.

That prompted him to pay deployed in local newspapers in Monterrey, showing off as a businessman and asking society to unite to end The Zetas.

The “Barbie” has also served the memory of violence in the country. There the evidence has a lot to say. According to the criminal history, the capo in placing narcomantas and making recordings about murders and threats to his rivals.

There are hardly any aspects of the life of “Barbie” that have not been recreated: her criminal legends have been the subject of films, reports and television series, which have squeezed the story of the drug trafficker to boredom.

Édgar Valdez Villarreal left a trail of violence in the places in Mexico where the Beltrán Leyva cartel operated, mainly in the states of Guerrero and Morelos. On August 30, 2010, the hit man was arrested near Mexico City. and five years later he was extradited to the United States.

His arrest was part of a series of spectacular persecutions carried out by the Mexican authorities during the government of former President Felipe Calderón (2006-2012).

In January 2016, Valdez Villareal pleaded guilty in US courts to cocaine trafficking and money laundering. He received a 49-year prison sentence.


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