‘Narcos’ location scout shot dead in Mexico
Carlos Mun˜oz Portal, a location manager for the popular Netflix series Narcos, was reportedly fatally shot in rural Mexico last week while scouting filming sites for the show’s fourth season, according to Spanish-language news sites.
Mun˜oz’s vehicle was found amid cactuses on a remote, unnamed dirt road in Temascalapa, a town in the state of Mexico; inside the car was Mun˜oz’s body, which had several gunshot wounds, El Pais reported. A friend said the 37-year-old had been driving to the south-central part of the country to photograph possible filming locations. The friend speculated Mun˜oz might have drawn unwanted attention to himself as an outsider with a camera.
The region is near the border with the state of Hidalgo, known for its high homicide rate — 182 were reported last year. Because of the rural area, authori- ties have had trouble finding witnesses.
Netflix acknowledged Mun˜oz’s death but did not report further details.
Narcos debuted on Netflix in 2015, and its first two seasons — following drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, his cocaine empire, and his violent clashes with politicians, criminals and the Drug Enforcement Administration — were set in Colombia. The show’s third season focuses on the Cali Cartel, also of Colombia. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter last September, showrunner Eric Newman hinted strongly the show’s fourth season would be moving to Mexico.
The seasoned scout, who worked for Stacy Perskie’s Mexico City-based production company Redrum, has a slew of high profile credits to his name, including and