Paralyzed the filming of Netflix’s ‘The Chosen One’ in Mexico after the death of two actors
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Last Saturday, the news broke that on Thursday, June 16, part of the team of ‘The Chosen One’, a new Netflix series that was being shot in Baja California Sur, Mexico, suffered a serious car accident. Two actors, Raymundo Garduño Cruz and Juan Francisco González Aguilar, died and six other members of the team were injured.. The van in which they were traveling was taking them to the local airport from Santa Rosalía, where filming is taking place. All the injured are stable.
Redrum, the production company in charge of the series that adapts ‘American Jesus’, comics signed by Mark Millar and Peter Gross, has decided to stop production. For its part, the Actors Union has launched an investigation and intends to speak with both Netflix and the Mexican actors union to clarify the details of the accident. “Safety is our highest priority. We will continue to take all necessary steps to ensure that our members and others are safe in their workplace” have added in a statement. Netflix has not yet commented.
As we already learned on Saturday, the production had already received complaints about working conditions, especially about the state of the vehicles used. Novelist Rick Zazueta posted a lengthy message on Facebook stating that “the actors did not stop complaining about how badly they were being treated, specifically when it comes to transportation and logistics”noting that some of the means of transport were in very poor condition, with low pressure in the tires and drivers too tired to move staff between locations that could be “hundreds of miles away”.
The artist Liliana Conlisk Gallegos, a friend of one of the deceased, demands in the Daily Beast that the event be thoroughly investigated: “If there was nothing wrong, there should be no problem for them to give us more information. It hurts me to think that they were taking advantage of him (González Aguilar), who was being forced to work in harsh conditions, especially with a multi-million dollar company like Neflix. I’ve worked on American productions where the independent companies are constantly skimping. They work independently and then sell the work to larger production companies. This is how blind people can turn to labor abuses. I want to make it clear that this is a real problem that is global and parallel to the problem of outsourcing. We can see parallel forms of abuse and exploitation. Right now we don’t know much, what we want are answers. I’m not accusing Netflix of anything, I’m just asking for a more thorough investigation.”.
The series, centered on a 12-year-old boy who believes he is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, did not have a release date yet.