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There's no stopping Netflix. Since the release of its innovative Watch Instantly platform, the way we watch television has changed forever. No longer do fans have to wait desperately, week in and week out, for the next episode of their favorite shows. Now that can watch it on their own time. They can watch every episode at once, one per day, per month, or whatever combination best suits their needs. Netflix took a risk. And it paid off.
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Not only has the platform catapulted the site's popularity, but it has also released a handful of shows that have quickly captured a large audience. They first achieved success with their original series "House of Cards" and then expanded their reach with their exclusive release of the fourth season of "Arrested Development." Now the network continues to roll out money makers. There's no end in sight. It's newest series, "Orange is the New Black," just recently hit the airwaves and is already gaining impressive traction.
One of the show's most vicious characters, George 'Pornstache' Mendez, has quickly become one of the more intriguing villains on television. In a recent interview with TV Guide, actor Pablo Schreiber talks about his character's popularity and how he'll evolve in upcoming seasons.
"The reaction to Pornstache has been alternatively amazing, awesome, overwhelming and a little bit bizarre," Schreiber said. "There's such a wide range of reactions to the character that it's definitely been, as far as that goes, the most all encompassing reaction covering the whole spectrum, from people who just love the guy and say it's their favorite TV character ever all the way down to people who ask why I would ever bring something like that to life on the screen and [say] I'm probably not worth living any more. Death threats, the whole deal."
By the end of the first season, Mendez claims to have fallen in love with one of the inmates, Daya, who had sex with him in hopes of framing him for rape. He remains unaware of her ulterior motives however, and falls head over heals. But the question remains; is it genuine?
"I don't understand that storyline if he's faking it. I don't' really get it. I don't know why he's doing that," Schreiber said. "I think in order to buy into that you have to believe he was swept off his feet and really the only thing that he was waiting for was for someone to pay attention to him. And the moment that someone does, he's all in. And that's probably the most tragic thing about him. That as nasty as he was being the entire time and all the awful things he did, if someone would have just paid attention to him and been nice to him, it could have all been avoided."
And what about that glorious mustache? Well, it's fake. The actor claims that no one wants to see what grows on his upper lip. "Something grows there. I don't know it I'd call it a mustache, but tis' a little more like a duster I'd say."
"Orange Is the New Black" will return for a second season in 2014.