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[This article contains spoilers for the March 1 primetime special Conan Without Borders: Made in Mexico.]
At a time when the U.S. seems to be ramping up legislation to deport Mexican immigrants, late-night host Conan O’Brien has taped a special that depicts Mexico and its people in a positive light.
Conan Without Borders: Made in Mexico, which is set to air March 1 on TBS, was taped in Mexico City with the help of an all-Mexican staff, crew, guests and studio audience.
“But this nightmare can bring something great, which is the reaction to it,” the actor said. “There’s a resistance happening in the States.”
Also appearing on the show is former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who has made headlines for repeatedly tweeting that “Mexico will not pay for that #F—ingWall” (that being Trump’s border-wall proposal).
In an interview earlier this week with Televisa, O’Brien said of Fox: “He’s not afraid to speak his mind, so we thought it might be interesting to have a quick interview with him and get him to say ‘f—ing wall’ three times.”
During the one-hour special, O’Brien pulls out all the stops: He plays a masked Mexican wrestler called “The Crazy Rooster” in one bit, while in another he attempts to cross the U.S.-Mexico border with a suitcase packed with Taco Bell items, loads of sun block and a Trump Hotel towel.
While in Mexico, O’Brien also made a guest appearance on the soap opera Mi Adorable Maldicion (My Adorable Curse), in which he plays a flirtatious businessman looking to import Mexican cheese. The episode is set to air on the Televisa network in mid-April.
Conan Without Borders: Made in Mexico was recorded hours before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly arrived in Mexico to hold talks on security, immigration and trade with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
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