‘Nar­cos’ lo­ca­tion scout shot dead in Mex­ico

The New Zealand Herald - - WORLD -

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

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