FX series star: Bridges, not walls, make good neighbors

Posted: July 12, 2013

FORGIVE Mexican actor Demian Bichir for pointing out the obvious metaphor in the title of his new TV series "The Bridge," but someone had to do it.

"We need bridges more than walls, you know what I mean?" Bichir said about the immigration and border-security debate currently occupying the U.S. Congress.

Bichir stars as Detective Marco Ruiz in the FX drama, opposite Diane Kruger, who plays his counterpart in the U.S. It premiered last night.

The pair is forced to work together after a body is found on the bridge connecting Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. By the end of the pilot, they suspect a serial killer. Their partnership, and subplots involving other characters, allows the show's writers to also address immigration and political issues on the border.

The U.S. Congress is debating a proposal that would strengthen security along its southern border, while providing a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million workers living in the U.S. without legal permission.

"They're talking about this possible amnesty, but also they're talking about spending millions of dollars building taller, bigger, stronger walls," Bichir said during an interview in New York earlier this month. Bichir was nominated for an Oscar in 2012 for playing a gardner living in the U.S. without legal permission in "A Better Life."

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