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The other actors were ... curious. They wanted to know if the favelas [slums] are really like that. I said unfortunately they're much worse.
His younger brother Vitório died at age 16, shot in a riot between rival gangs. During an interview, he made an analogy with what happened to his character in City of God, Mané Galinha, who sees his brother shot by a gang. He said that the difference between him and Galinha was their choice: while Galinha chose vendetta, he chose to runaway from that life.