08/02/2013 10:53 am ET Updated Jul 28, 2014

Edward James Olmos Hopes '2 Guns' Role As Drug Lord 'Breaks Down Caricatures'

Edward James Olmos may play a drug lord in the action film “2 Guns” but the social activist said that his decision to do so was motivated by his life-long dedication to the positive portrayal of Latinos in film.

“Action films offer audiences a safe window into a world that they only imagine,” says Olmos about his role as Papi Dreco. “Players in the drug world are not as cookie cutter and predictable as you might imagine. The movie is entertaining and fun, but what I do is really try to break down caricatures.”

In “2 Guns” – which hits theaters nationwide this Friday – Olmos’ character is a Mexican drug kingpin. He is an underworld legend who plays a crucial role in the fictional story regarding two undercover federal agents whose attempts to infiltrate a notorious drug cartel go comically awry. Actors Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg play DEA agents Bobby Trench and Naval officer Stigman, respectively, and in the company of such Hollywood heavyweights, Olmos said he saw an opportunity to make the film “really great.”

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