Netflix and Redrum, producers of “The Chosen One” series, have issued statements about the car accident in Baja California that killed two of their actors on Thursday. Two other cast members and four crew members were injured but remain stable and have returned home to recover.
He told Netflix: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that claimed the lives of Ray Garduño and Juan Francisco González. “Our thoughts are with their loved ones and those who were injured during this unfortunate accident.”
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Redrum agreed: “All of us in the production of ‘The Chosen One’ are shocked by the tragic accident that took place last Thursday, during the transfer from Santa Rosalía, Baja California, to the local airport. We are deeply saddened by the deaths of our colleagues Ray Garduño and Juan Francisco González and strongly support all those affected by this untold tragedy. “Redrum is working with local authorities and initial reports and testimonies show that all safety protocols were in place and this was an unfortunate accident.”
Garduño and Gonzalez had second roles in the series. Production has stopped, but is expected to resume after the current investigation and a period of mourning has passed, according to sources close to the production. Variety has contacted families for their statements.
Both actors, who were in their late 1940s, worked on the horror film “Here Comes the Devil” for Salto de Fe Films and Morbido Films. Its director, Adrián Garcia Bogliano, said: “I and my Salto de Fe Films co-producer Andrea Quiroz are devastated by the news of the untimely death of Ray Garduño and Paco Mufote. We have fond memories of working with them, they were great professionals, incredibly talented and loved by the film and cultural community of Baja California. They will miss them. “
Moufote, known as Pako to his friends and family, was active in both theater and cinema, both of which he studied. His acting credits include “Sleep Dealer” (2006), “Norteado” (2008), “Yan She: El Hombre que Espera” (2010) and “Here Comes the Devil” (2012).
He has worked on various plays, starring “Cristo light”, “Primero de octubre” and “Edipo güey” among others. He also starred in Chantal Gresset’s “L ́arpenteur,” which ran in Tijuana, Mexico, and Rennes, France, and also starred in National Geographic’s “Locked Up Abroad.”
Garduño was known to Baja as a director as well as an actor and cultural director with more than fifteen years of experience in the field.
As a director, he has directed more than 10 plays, including “Kikiricaja”, “Immolación”, “No Touch”, “Papá está en La Atlántida” and “Dios es un bicho”. Some of them have been presented at festivals and theatrical performances in Mexico, Latin America and Spain.
He was the founder and general coordinator of Children’s Theater Week, one of the most famous festivals of its kind in Mexico. As an actor, Garduño has appeared in more than 20 plays, films and television series.
He is considered one of the most important and respected creators and supporters of modern theater dedicated to children and young people.
“The Chosen One” is an adaptation of the “American Jesus” comic book series about a 12-year-old boy who, after a horrific accident, discovers that he is the reincarnation of Jesus and is destined to save humanity.
Variety spoke to a transport driver who is familiar with the road where the accident occurred and has worked on other shootings in Baha’i. He noted that long, exhausting hours for drivers are the norm in most productions in Mexico. The accident happened “on the most dangerous part of the road between Loreto and Mulege, full of turns and potholes,” he said. “A lot of accidents happen there.”
In addition, logistics is a problem, with the nearest airport, Loreto, about four hours from the location.
“We lost two very dear people, we are all in pain,” said an actor in the production who wished to remain anonymous. He said the set was a hybrid of union and non-union actors. “It’s a very good project, it’s a pity it has been soiled by people who write as if they know what really happened.”
An awakening took place on Sunday night (June 19) in Tijuana, where both actors come from.
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