We’ve all used the expression “stranger than fiction” before. You know, it’s that phrase you use when something is so apeshit crazy that nobody in their right mind could’ve come up with. You see those stories in the news all the time, sometimes they go viral on your social media feed.
Earlier this year, for example, there was this amazing story of five guys arrested in a traffic stop in Spain, loaded with more than 8,000 pounds of stolen oranges in two cars and a van.
I mean, you can’t make this sort of stuff up.
So speaking of things that you can’t make up… let’s talk about Diego Armando Maradona.
The king of excess is probably the most divisive figure in Argentina’s history. You either hate him or you’re a member of his church. “I’m either black or white, but I’ll never be grey in my entire life”, he once infamously stated. So it was just a matter of time before the “my life is so out there that I deserve a series on a VOD channel” fever that seems to be hitting everybody from Ricardo Fort, to Susana Giménez, to Alberto Nisman, hit El Diego as well.
That’s right: the Maradona biopic series is coming to a television near you.
So what’s the deal with this exactly? Is it going to glorify Mr. Maradona or rather make him look bad? (Not that he’s needed too much help with this last one over the years). Well, it’s hard to tell for now. Very little is known besides the fact that Amazon Prime Video is behind it, BTF Media is producing it, several locations have been set and part of the cast has already been announced. Besides that, it’s anybody’s guess where the hell things are going to go from here (again, much like Diego’s real life).
Will we get to see slappy Diego? How about head butting Diego? Dancing-for-Nicolás-Maduro Diego? Most celebrities have, like, a couple of embarrassing moments in their whole career, but this guy has found a way to collect them all into some sort of Greatest Hits album. This could be a 10 episode, 15 season sort of epic masterpiece we have in our hands.
Leading the ensemble are the three actors interpreting Maradona (because, honestly, can one person alone handle this larger-than-life task without ending up in a mental institution?). They are Nicolas Goldschmidt from TV series Supermax, Juan Palomino from Magnifica 70 and Nazareno Casero from Historia de un Clan. Given their age differences and the only promotional image we have been shown until now, it’s pretty clear that the series will delve into three stages of Maradona’s life, from his teenage years, to his playing career (oh yes, apparently he also played football at some point in his life, forgot to mention that) and his later years coaching the Argentine national team.
The cast is rounded out by Julieta Cardinali and Laura Esquivel from Patito Feo fame, who will be playing none other than Claudia Villafañe, who was married to Diego from 1989 to 1999. The series is being shot as we speak in Argentina, Uruguay, Italy, Spain and Mexico, where he’s now working as a coach for Dorados de Sinaloa, a decision that has been heavily criticized for being perceived as a marketing stunt.
This last episode has even inspired a traditional Mexican corrido (a type of traditional Mexican music), that makes fun of Diego and criticizes his coaching credentials. I know what you’re thinking… Amazon has something to do with Diego being hired so that they can target Mexican audiences once the series launches in 2019… Well, while I certainly can’t confirm that, I can’t deny it either.
Guess we’ll just have to wait for the madness to unfold. Stranger than fiction indeed…