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Playing a real-life monster

Raymond Cruz was the villainous Tuco in 'Breaking Bad' and does it again on 'Better Call Saul,' but playing Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro was another deal. He talks with WTOP's Jason Fraley about the experience.

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