In an interview with Fox News Latino, bichir explains his motivation to be part of the film was not a political one.
For bichir, the film was not only a story about immigration, but rather a narrative of the love of a father for his son.
bichir manages to be gruff but sensitive, honest yet mysterious, making Ruiz a mix of righteousness and compassion.
As bichir put it, his tearjerker role is just the sort that actors “die” for.
Of these the only one known until very recently was Polypterus bichir of the Nile.