Net­flix scout for Nar­cos TV show found shot dead in Mex­ico

The Guardian Australia - - Headlines - Pádraig Collins

A lo­ca­tion man­ager work­ing for the Net­flix se­ries Nar­cos has been killed while search­ing for places to film when the show moves from Colom­bia to Mex­ico for its fourth sea­son.

Car­los Muñoz Portal, 37, had worked for many years find­ing lo­ca­tions for US film and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tions work­ing in Mex­ico.

Net­flix con­firmed the death of the scout. “We are aware of the death of Car­los Muñoz Portal, a re­spected lo­ca­tion man­ager, and of­fer our con­do­lences to his rel­a­tives. The facts are still un­known as author­i­ties con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate what hap­pened,” its state­ment said.

The Nar­cos se­ries is about the rise and fall of Colom­bian drug lord Pablo Es­co­bar. Its fourth sea­son will re­port­edly fo­cus on the Juárez drug car­tel in Mex­ico.

Muñoz had worked on films such as Man on Fire, Mel Gib­son’s Apoca­lypto and the fourth film of the Fast and Fu­ri­ous fran­chise.

There are fears in the Mex­i­can film and tele­vi­sion in­dus­try that planned pro­duc­tions could now be moved from the coun­try af­ter the killing of Muñoz.

A friend of Muñoz said that on Mon­day he drove to the lo­ca­tion to take some pho­to­graphs for Net­flix. The cir­cum­stances that lead to his death are still un­known, but Muñoz’s body was found hours later in his com­pact car, hav­ing been shot sev­eral times.

His car was found on an un­named dirt road in the com­mu­nity of San Bar­tolo Ac­topan, in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Te­mas­calapa. The site is in the north-east of Mex­ico state, close to the bor­der with Hi­dalgo.

Mex­ico, the most pop­u­lous state in the coun­try, also has the most homi­cides. In July, 182 peo­ple were mur­dered, a rate of 12.2 per 100,000 in­hab­i­tants.

A spokesman for the at­tor­ney gen­eral of Mex­ico state said due to the re­mote lo­ca­tion “we have no wit­nesses”.

Muñoz’s friend, who asked not to be named, said see­ing an un­fa­mil­iar per­son with a cam­era may have been fright­ened lo­cals due to the in­se­cu­rity of the re­gion. “Maybe they thought he was col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion and they started track­ing him in a car,” he told El Pais.

A po­lice spokesman said: “We do not know if he was in Hi­dalgo and from there they fol­lowed him or if he was in the state of Mex­ico and tried to flee to­wards Hi­dalgo.”

A man work­ing as a lo­ca­tion scout for the Net­flix se­ries Nar­cos has been killed in cen­tral Mex­ico. Pho­to­graph: Keith Dan­ne­miller

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