Wayno the Tuna from Blow (2001) in Real Life

(Last Updated On: Jun 2, 2017)

Wayno the Tuna is noted as George Jung’s best friend in the movie “Blow” (2001). The overweight “Tuna” is George’s childhood friend and his long-running drug smuggling partner.

Who was Wayno the Tuna in real life?

Tuna and George grew up in the fifties environment and were all American small-town bows. Their school house was small and made of wood, fathers worked ads mothers stayed home, and drugs and violence didn’t exist. George played football.

Tuna was George’s best friend, blood brother, and a jolly prankster. The two friends graduated from Weymouth High School in Massachusetts in 1961. George went to the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and Tuna went to college in Colorado.

By this time America had changed lot: Vietnam, the killing of President Kennedy, civil rights, America was becoming divided. Two years later, in 1964, Tuna and George decided to move to Mexico in search of something new (women, nice weather, mystery and cheap booze and drugs). They ended up in California.

Tuna Wayno and George Jung started buying Mexican marijuana on the California side, Manhattan Beach. They transported the weed to New England and Boston, New England’s largest city. They were selling the weed there, and their profit margin was extremely high.

A little later the two went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for some “forbidden pleasures”. Wayno the Tuna and George got the idea of smuggling pot out of Mexico, together with their other two friends from Boston – Fast Fred and Frank. It almost did not work out, but then George met air hostess Barbara. Barbara introduced George Jung and Wayno the Tuna to Richard Barile (named fictitiously as Derek Foreal in the movie Blow). Richard Barile became their dealer in California for the drugs smuggled from Mexico and later also from Pablo Escobar Colombia’s ranch.

What really happened to George Jung’s childhood friend Tuna?

Tuna was briefly involved in Jung’s marijuana smuggling, but left to Massachusetts early.

On one of his journeys back home many years later, George had run into Wayno the Tuna when he was mowing his lawn in Cape Code, Massachusetts. Tuna had bought a house and a boat there, using his drug dealing money, and started leaving the straight life.

They waved to each other and said “Hi”, as if they had last seen each other yesterday. Jung tried to convince Tuna, is early partner in the marijuana business, to partner with him again, but Wayno refused.

According to an online forum, Tuna aka Wayno ended up in Scientology and moved to the Gold Base – the confidential de facto international headquarters of the Church of Scientology located in San Jacinto in Riverside County, California. He has a wife and is set money-wise. It’s implied that at some point Tuna’s money is drained and “he ultimately ends his life just weeks before the cult is brought to legal justice in every country except the USA.” However, there are no othersources that mention Wayno’s involvement with the Church of Scientology.

Tuna Wayno in the Blow

George and Tuna are two kids from the suburban town of Wayland, Massachusetts. A “walking heart attack”, Tuna (played by Ethan Suplee) is very overweight. During the 60’s, they pack up and move to California and rent a beachfront apartment.

George and Tuna meet their first connection, bisexual hairdresser and drug dealer Derek Foreal (Richard Barile in real life), via Barbara Buckley. With his help, the two beach bums George and Wayno the Tuna start to make a lot of money. They become “the kings of Manhattan Beach.” Pretty soon, the buddies are sourcing their marijuana directly from Pablo Escobar. At some point, they even steal a plane together.

The character Tuna is depicted as Jung’s long-term drug dealing partner in the “Blow”, rather than a person who left early on, as it happened in real life.

Tuna Blow Actor

Tuna from the Blow is played by Ethan Suplee, an American actor born in 1976. Ethan Suplee is probably best known for his role as Seth Ryan in American History X, but has had many other great roles in his acting career (including in the movies Boy Meets World, My Name Is Earl, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Remember the Titans).

Ethan Suplee is an actor of considerable talent and accomplishment. Ethan Suplee’s has battled weight gain his whole life, and has lost and gained lots of weight for different roles. One time, he had lost 200lbs.