Actor Oscar Torre plays Jimmy Smits right hand man and confidant, Santo, in the CBS drama series Cane, and says to play the part of a street-wise sidekick, he had to look like one first.
Torre says, At first glance, Santo is this edgy, shady guy who looks like a killer. So I thought he definitely needed some tattoos, and the makeup department gave me a few fake ones. They really helped me get into character.
Torre put a tattoo of the Cuban gang Las Madres on his hand to tie his character to a tough past, and a tattoo of a number on his arm that had some very personal meaning.
He explains, The number on my characters arm is actually my grandfathers number from when he was a political prisoner in Cuba. He suffered, so I wanted to honor him.
And while Torres on-screen tats are on the serious side, he still has fun with them once in a while.
The day he had them put on, Torre went out in public to see how people would react to his tatted-up appearance.
He says, People were definitely intimidated it was kind of fun! I understood why Santo enjoys scaring people!
The next episode of Cane airs Tuesday (Dec. 11) on CBS.
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