Season 2 of FX's The Bridge is shaping up to be a family affair. Bruno Bichir, the brother of star Demian Bichir, has signed on to appear in multiple episodes of the critically acclaimed drama.
Bruno Bichir will play a wealthy Mexican business leader to winds up involved with Marco (Demian Bichir). But the businessman may not be what he seems. The characters are unrelated in the show, but in real life the brothers are both members of a prolific Mexican acting family.
The siblings previously worked together on projects including the movie Don't Tempt Me and the Spanish-language feature Sin noticias de Dios (Bendito infierno). The family is such an institution that Mexico's MTV Movie Awards has even given out awards in the category "Best Bichir in a Movie."
"I couldn't be happier to work again with my brother Demian," Bruno Bichir says. "I'm a huge fan of the show so it's an enormous honor for me to become a part of it".
The Bridge executive producer Elwood Reid first met Bruno Bichir last year at the show's launch party in Los Angeles. The actor, who was there to cheer on his brother Demian, made an impression. Reid began to pursue him for a role he had contemplated for Season 2.
"We knew Bruno was a big star in Mexico," says executive producer Carolyn Bernstein. "There is something about him that's very charismatic and sympathetic. He's a compelling presence." Bernstein says Reid had been thinking about the Bruno Bichir role for month. "It felt like a juicy role, so we approached him about it," she says.
Bruno Bichir will appear in multiple episodes next season, but the count isn't certified yet. "The character will unfold over time," Bernstein says. "I don't know how long he will be with us. That has a high impact."
Bruno Bichir's other credits include starring opposite Tilda Swinton in Julia and with Penelope Cruz, Demian Bichir and Javier Bardem in Don't Tempt. Other upcoming guests include Franka Potente (American Horror Story) and Brian Baumgartner (The Office).
"I'm always excited about new members on our cast and of course I'm specially thrilled to have my brother Bruno on board," Demian Bichir says. "He is one of the finest actors I know. We've worked together on films and theater, but never before on a TV show. This is going to be fun."
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