Perhaps one of the more intriguing TV Series to have been filmed in Toronto of late, GANGLAND UNDERCOVER is based on true events and looks to whet the appetites of those craving more insight into Biker Culture. If AMC‘s Sons of Anarchy’s global phenomena is any indication – still drawing-in strong numbers through Bingewatching even after the Series ended – expect interest to be strong in this brand new “Biker Chic” Series from History Television Canada.
A gritty, fact-based drama series that tells the astonishing story of a drug dealer who was arrested then given a desperate ultimatum: serve over 20 years in jail, or go undercover inside one of America’s most notorious biker gangs. Charles Falco opted to go undercover and for the next three years he led a crazy and dangerous life infiltrating the Vagos motorcycle gang, collecting evidence while faced with the constant risk that he might be discovered and become one of the gang’s victims. Each episode unfolds a different step in Falco’s covert investigation into their illegal activities, while across the series, the drama builds as carefully constructed character arcs unfold bitter personal rivalries. These tensions finally erupt when the gang’s Vice President is killed in a motorcycle accident, unleashing a chain of unforeseen consequences that ultimately tear the gang apart. With suspicions about Falco’s true identity mounting, the operation threatens to unravel, leading to a tense and dramatic conclusion. Drawing on the wealth of material from Falco’s time under cover, along with broader documented historical research of inter gang rivalry, this series dramatically captures the reality of outlaw biker counter culture: a world where freedom is equated with the right to carry guns and trade drugs with impunity, and respect can be earned through fear… Following the conclusion of his undercover operation with the Vagos, the reformed Falco goes into witness protection… but hooked on the adrenaline rush of undercover work, he volunteers to go undercover inside not just one, but two more biker gangs…
GANGLAND UNDERCOVER stars Damon Runyan in the Lead Role of Charles Falco, and Screen Veteran Paulino Nunes plays the role of Vagos Chapter President. Both Canadian Actors were in the City today promoting the exciting new Series, starting their Press Day at Global Television‘s The Morning Show (National Edition). We caught-up with the pair of Canadian Talent quickly for a chat on their new Series, paced quickly at six episodes.
On Charles Falco, Runyan tells me, “He is a guy who didn’t think about the consequences and here we follow his path to redemption. He goes from bottoming-out, to finding his way, to having his life threatened every day by a Motorcyle Gang – and then eventually taking them down.”.
On the President of the Chapter, Nunes explains “He’s the guy Charles wants to get close to – the Lynchpin of all bad things these guys are doing. Charles spends the first three episodes trying to get close to him.”. “In three years he manages to become trusted as full-fledged member”, he adds. “It’s an astonishing feat.”.