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CLARICE: Lucca de Oliveira Previews a Deeper Insight into Esquivel

February 25, 2021 by  

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“You Can’t Rule Me” – Following the assassination of a suspect, Clarice and VICAP are investigated by Krendler’s rival at the Bureau, SA Anthony Herman (David Hewlett). When Ardelia is recruited to assist him, it causes friction between the two friends, on CLARICE, March 4 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Pictured Lucca De Oliveira as Tomas Esquivel
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As Clarice (Rebecca Breeds) continues to work to prove she’s capable of working post-Buffalo Bill, she gets an assist with the case on Thursday, February 25 episode of CLARICE.

Esquivel (Lucca de Oliveira), who is arguably Clarice’s best possible ally at VICAP, finds an in with their suspect, and proves to be a useful asset.

“We’re going to find out a little bit more about Esquivel, a little bit more about what he’s what he’s carrying with him on the day to day, where his mind is, and what he’s done in the past,” de Oliveira says. “It’s a really, really great layer to add to the dynamic of the team. He’s the only guy on the team…the tactics, the weaponry, this is his thing. He’s, in a sense, like a really caring attack dog.”

But, de Oliveira says, “I think he finds comfort in that. He finds comfort in taking directions from his superiors. He respects his superiors, he knows his position in the world, he knows he’s the one Latin guy and the FBI could very quickly replace him. He knows the stigmas that are there. He leans into what he’s good at.”

In the hour, “we’re going to really start to see what he’s about and what he’s carrying when he’s not just going through the motions of being in the office and just following orders,” de Oliveira previews. “And, also, trying to use a little bit of Clarice’s medicine to see if it works for him, too.”

Filming the scenes, as Esquivel tries to get closer with their suspect, the CLARICE crew worked hard to craft an intimate and vulnerable sequence.

“The main thing that we were concerned with was dialogue and connection and this extraordinary circumstance where these two people find themselves here,” de Oliveira  says. “It’s so messy and so beautiful at the same time, and I think that’s what makes the scene so intriguing: that these people are human and they feel it. It doesn’t matter how well you can cover it, it’s there.”

As Esquivel dives a bit deeper into his sniper past, “what I love so much about this episode is that it really humanizes Esquivel, it doesn’t make him like the traditional killer,” de Oliveira admits. “It shows that he feels what he does and he remembers what he does. He counts his kills. He knows everything that’s happened. He can remember it perfectly in his mind. And with the suspect that we’re dealing with, it brings it all back. He’s the perfect person to get into that room with him and try and suss out the truth.”

CLARICE, Thursdays, 10/9c, CBS


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