The HBO Max historical comedy, Our Flag Means Death, has a whole host of comedic performers. The writer/producer David Jenkins has collaborated with the likes of; Rhys Darby, Taika Waititi, and another budding actor who plays Jim.
The first three episodes of Our Flag Means Death premiered on HBO Max yesterday, 3 March 2022. The series follows Stede Bonnet, an aristocrat who abandons his wealth of luxury to become a pirate. Many have praised the series for approaching under-represented issues of the early 18th century and the truths of piracy.
Let’s find out more about the actor who plays Jim in the HBO Max series, Our Flag Means Death.
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Who plays Jim in Our Flag Means Death?
Vico Ortiz will appear on screen as Jim in the pirate comedy show, Our Flag Means Death. Ortiz is a Latine, non-binary actor who was born and raised in Puerto Rico. They received their education at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and then went on to pursue acting as a career. Ortiz is a massive advocator and supports many LGBTQ+ organizations including The Dru Project and the Los Angeles LGBTQ Center.
One of their feature roles was on the hit Amazon series, “Transparent” from this they now have a massive career in the LGBTQ+ entertainment community. You may also recognise them from shows such as; “The Fosters”, “Lucifer,” “Criminal Minds’.’ They have also had guest-starring roles in “American Horror Story: 1984, ” “VIDA” and “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay.”
Our Flag Means Death character
Jim is quite a mysterious character, he is a crew member on the ship but remains silent. It is soon revealed that Jim is a “woman in disguise,” which is a common historical theme in pirate stories. When the audience discovers Jim’s true identity they come to understand the character a little deeper.
Ortiz’s character has a lead narrative throughout Our Flag Means Death Episode 2, where Lucius catches Jim bathing without their fake beard on. He immediately promises to not tell anyone saying, “I’m so good at keeping secrets, my mom thought I liked girls for years!”
Both members of the Revenge crew who know Jim’s secret keep it safe and always refer to them as Jim. Whether they’re wearing the fake beard or not. Our Flag Means Death follows Jim’s story presenting themselves as a male and feeling comfortable within their identity.
HBO Max series Our Flag Means Death
Our Flag Means Death is loosely based on real events as it centres around a wealthy aristocrat Stede Bonnet. He traded his luxurious life to become a pirate after he bought a ship and teamed up with the legendary Blackbeard. We watch as he endeavours in crimes and continues a life of piracy over 20 months; before he was hanged in December 1718.
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