Michael Mando (born July 13, 1981) is a Canadian actor, writer and director with a background in contemporary and classical theatre. He became known for his role as Vaas Montenegro, one of the main antagonists of the video game Far Cry 3 and Victor "Vic" Schmidt on the science fiction series Orphan Black. He currently plays Nacho Varga on AMC's Better Call Saul.
Michael Mando had only ever seen the last two episodes of Breaking Bad when he heard about the role of Nacho Varga on Better Call Saul. Now, six seasons later, Mando has marvelously navigated Nacho’s transformation into an endearing character who ended up being one of the purest in the universe of his show.
Click here to read the full article. THE PERFORMER | Oscar Isaac
THE SHOW | Disney+’s Moon Knight
THE EPISODE | “Asylum” (April 27, 2022)
THE PERFORMANCE | It’s easy to “ooh” and “ahh” about dual roles, but take a moment and consider the fact that for the bulk of 43 minutes this week, Oscar Isaac did a whole lotta acting opposite himself. And not just ain’t-it-cool standing beside himself in a scene, but as Marc and Steven (…and even a hint of Jake Lockley, in the cold open) ran through gamuts of emotions.
Not that Marc himself didn’t have things to process; faced with...
Spoilers ahead for the sixth season of Better Call Saul. For the past few seasons of Better Call Saul, the story of Nacho Varga has taken turns that nobody — not even Michael Mando nor co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould themselves — would have anticipated in the beginning. Nacho found himself a pawn in the age-old feud between Gus Fring and Hector Salamanca, eventually outliving his usefulness after he was implicated in the plot to kill Lalo Salamanca.
Click here to read the full article. [Editor’s note: The following interview contains spoilers for “Better Call Saul” Season 6, Episode 3, “Rock and Hard Place.”]
The last thing Michael Mando filmed on “Better Call Saul” was Nacho’s hideout in the oil tanker. As his character is hiding from people on his tail who wish him dead, Mando had to submerge himself in a giant pool of goo. In a way, it was a fitting reverse-baptism for one of the most memorable characters on one of TV’s best dramas.
Knowing that his character doesn’t appear in “Breaking Bad,” fans have been anticipating...
"I received a call the winter before we started shooting," Mando says of this week's episode. "I was in Montreal. )(Executive producers) Peter (Gould), Vince (Gilligan), and Melissa (Bernstein) said, 'Brace yourself for a tour de force performance. We will require you to be physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. You’re gonna have your own feature film inside this season.' And I was immediately grateful for the challenge." Mando adds: "You know, those guys are the best in the business and they always deliver. To play a character that’s breaking good when the whole show seems to be breaking bad has really turned into a dream role of mine." As for filming the final scene, Mando says: "That whole episode was riddled with symbolism in real life. I had cut my finger really deeply. I was doing my own stunts and I had cut my thumb, and I couldn’t shoot for about a week and a half because I had lost sensation in all the nerves in my left arm. And the day we were shooting that final scene, right before we turned the cameras on Nacho, a huge sandstorm hit and we had to literally run back to our cars and leave the desert before our cars would sink in. When I went home that day, lightning struck the tree in front of my house and it fell in front of my driveway and I couldn’t get in. There was all this symbolism, where we were kind of giggling, going, 'What is going on?'"
This story contains major spoilers for Better Call Saul’s Season 6 episode, “Rock and Hard Place.”. Has everyone recovered from Nacho’s big stand in the latest episode of Better Call Saul? Has anyone? Fans certainly didn’t have to wait long into the AMC hit’s final season to learn why some characters aren’t seen in Breaking Bad. “Rock and Hard Place” revealed the fate of Nacho Varga, as he died in a heroic sacrifice, but not before taking the opportunity to reveal to Hector Salamanca who was responsible for the stroke that left him wheelchair-bound. Michael Mando gave a beautiful performance, and he has strong feelings about what that moment meant for his character.
‘Better Call Saul,’ the prequel to ‘Breaking Bad’ is coming to an end. During an interview on ‘The O List,’ actor Michael Mando gives a sneak peak at what’s ahead for the final season. His character ‘Nacho Varga’ is a fan favorite caught in the middle of a power struggle. Mando shares how filming these […]
Click here to read the full article. SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched the third episode of “Better Call Saul” Season 6, titled “Rock and Hard Place.”
Like the title of Monday night’s episode says, Nacho Varga (Michael Mando) found himself between a rock and a hard place — Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) and Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) — and he paid the ultimate price. As one of the major “Better Call Saul” characters who doesn’t appear in “Breaking Bad,” fans have been wondering where Nacho would end up, and they finally have an answer. After playing the...
Warning: This story contains plot details from Monday's episode of Better Call Saul, "Rock and Hard Place." Let us now raise a broken glass to Nacho Varga. You can skip the farewell speech, though, because you won't top his. The crafty criminal with a conscience — who became a Salamanca...
[Warning: The following contains major spoilers for Season 6, Episode 3 of Better Call Saul, "Rock and Hard Place." Read at your own risk!]. We were right to be worried about Nacho Varga. After the tormented cartel member, played by Michael Mando, was put through the physical and emotional wringer in the first three episodes of Better Call Saul's final season, the show's most tragic character met a tragic end in the final minutes of Monday's episode, "Rock and Hard Place," when he shot himself in the head.
In the latest episode of Better Call Saul, "Rock and a Hard Place," some serious stuff goes down involving one of the crime drama's main characters, Nacho Varga. Actor Michael Mando has broken things down, offering his take on the episode and more. Major spoilers for Better Call Saul follow below.
Editor's note: The below interview contains major spoilers for Better Call Saul Season 6 Episode 3, "Rock and Hard Place." The long-running AMC series Better Call Saul might technically serve as a prequel to Breaking Bad, but has carved out a storytelling niche all its own in the realm of drama television thanks to unexpected twists and phenomenal performances. The show chronicles the journey of Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), a former conman who aspires to become a decent lawyer, through his seemingly-inevitable descent into the role of crooked criminal defense attorney Saul Goodman. Throughout the prior five seasons, Jimmy's backstory has played almost in tandem with flash-forward scenes from his post-Breaking Bad life, as we learn more about the people who played such a formative role in shaping his burgeoning professional career in law (like his now-wife Kim Wexler, played by Rhea Seehorn, or his now-late older brother Charles McGill, played by Michael McKean). We also learn how Jimmy's path first crossed with that of former police officer and security expert Mike Ehrmentraut (Jonathan Banks), and how he ultimately became a "friend of the cartel" rather unwittingly, thanks to tangling with members of the deadly Salamanca crime family, spearheaded by the unpredictable Lalo (Tony Dalton), who frequently clashes with rival drug lord Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito).
Last week’s episode of Better Call Saul began with a relic from the distant past: the top of the fancy tequila bottle that Jimmy and Kim deployed in their very first Robin Hood scam. (Aww, how sweet!) This week’s installment begins with another mysterious object, one from the near future: a curved piece of glass on the desert floor being pelted with a few rare drops of rain.
Tonight on Better Call Saul season 6 episode 3, we had an episode for the ages for Michael Mando as Nacho Varga. Unfortunately, it’s also one that led to the character’s demise. “Rock and Hard Place” was so painful, but it was another reminder of just who the character was at his core — he never wanted to be a villain. Because of that, he decided to sacrifice himself in order to save his father.