Manuel Garcia-Rulfo is the new “Lincoln Lawyer” in the Netflix series

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo faced an obstacle in his way to play the famous “Lincoln Lawyer” Mickey Haller, a character from the Michael Connelly novels who practices law from the back seat of his Lincoln compact car.

“Personally, I get sick from driving,” Garcia-Rulfo, 41, told The Post. “But it was fun, especially driving the convertible Lincoln. Driving it around LA was cool.”

Streaming now on Netflix, The Lincoln Lawyer is a series about high-profile defense attorney Mickey Haller (Garcia-Rulfo). The character also appeared in a 2011 film of the same name, starring Matthew McConaughey (which also led to his infamous Lincoln commercials).

“I saw [the movie] when it came out,” Garcia-Rulfo said. “I remember really liking it. I thought it was such a cool character and Matthew McConaughey is amazing. But I haven’t looked at it again [after getting this role]I wanted to do my own thing and take our own approach.”

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo sits serious in the car.
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller, a lawyer who works in his Lincoln town car in The Lincoln Lawyer.
Manuel Garcia Rulfo drives a Lincoln convertible.
Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia Rulfo) drives around in his Lincoln convertible in The Lincoln Lawyer.
Matthew McConaughey gets out of a car.
Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller in the 2011 film version of The Lincoln Lawyer.
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Created by David E. Kelley, the Netflix series follows Mickey Haller at a low point in his life and career when he became addicted to painkillers after suffering a surfing injury. He’s clean now, but he’s been on hiatus from law for a few months. That all changes, however, when he unexpectedly inherits the law firm from a murdered colleague.

“I’ve met with a lot of lawyers to get acquainted with this world,” Garcia-Rulfo said. “I’ve seen many hours of actual footage of trials like the OJ Simpson trial. I really wanted to focus on the character’s vulnerability…he’s at a low point in his life, I wanted to have that heaviness on him. He has so many obstacles in the way that I wanted that to make him human. At the same time, I wanted to show him how he moves through life and through the falls with charm.”

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo is standing in a suit next to a car in the sun.
Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) in The Lincoln Lawyer.
Trevor Elliot (Christopher Gorham) and Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia Rulfo) stand next to cars "The Lincoln Attorney."
Trevor Elliot (Christopher Gorham) and Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia Rulfo) in The Lincoln Lawyer.

Mickey, who doesn’t work with you either two Ex-wives – Lorna (Becki Newton), his paralegal, and Maggie (Neve Campbell, “Scream”), a prosecutor with whom he shares a teenage daughter – suddenly find themselves with a boatload of new cases. These include the high-profile case of video game mogul Trevor Elliott (Christopher Gorham), who is accused of murdering his wife and boyfriend.

There’s a lot at stake for Mickey in his comeback – not to mention worrying about why his colleague was murdered and whether the killer might be targeting him now.

Manuel Garcia Rulfo on the phone in an office.
Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) in The Lincoln Lawyer.
Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia Rulfo) meets up with his client Trevor (Christopher Gorham) while he's standing on a beach "The Lincoln Attorney."
Mickey Haller (Manuel Garcia Rulfo) meets his client Trevor (Christopher Gorham) in The Lincoln Lawyer.

Since Garcia-Rulfo is a Mexican actor (best known for the 2016 remake of The Magnificent Seven and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) and The Lincoln Lawyer was the first American show he he felt like there was a lot at stake for him too.

“English is my second language and all the big monologues I have in the courtroom with those legal terms – that was a big challenge for me. Filming the series made me feel a lot like what Mickey Haller was going through. There were many missions and this was my first lead [role on an] American show and something like ‘You gotta make it’. At some point I thought, ‘I can’t do this.’ And Mickey is going through the same thing, he needs to prove himself and get back on his feet. So I drew this inspiration from what I was going through because the adrenaline was high the whole time I was trying to do a show. I was related to Mickey Haller.”

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