Friends of the late actors Raimundo Garduño Cruz and Juan Francisco Gonzalez Aguilar, who died in a car crash in Mexico on Thursday, are asking for an in-depth investigation into alleged production problems that may or may not have played a role in the fatal accident.
The couple was part of the cast and crew of NetflixC ‘ The Chosen One riding in a van in Santa Rosalia Loreto on its way to a local airport when it crashed and overturned, leaving two dead and four injured. The four survivors are said to be recovering and in good condition. Deadline could not reach anyone at the local hospital, where he was reportedly hospitalized to confirm the reports.
Writer Rick Zazueta shared a long post via Facebook claiming that the cast had previously complained of logistical and transport problems with the production.
“This is a request for justice for these deaths,” Zazueta wrote in part. “This was no ordinary incident, the cast openly complained about the logistical and transport problems this production faced, calling it illogical, unreasonable, ignorant and stupid. The conditions of the van were completely unsuitable for transporting people; worn tires, noisy brakes, loose steering wheel, not all seat belts work, easily recognizable signs of danger. But the show has to go on and the actors get into the art and want to work, and they don’t get that many job opportunities, so they take these gigs with big dreams of NETFLIX and a promise of a small salary. ”
Liliana Conlisc Gallegos, a friend of Gonzalez Aguilar (professionally known as Paco Mufote) talks to Everyday beast for her outrage at the accusations.
“Paco touched the hearts of everyone he has ever met, he was a great actor with a strong trajectory,” Gallegos told the publication. “He loved acting and music more than anything in the world and devoted himself to it, many times suffering from economic difficulties. He sacrificed himself for his love of acting.
“It angers me that there are reports of abuse and exploitation shared by people involved in the production,” she added. “I would like to see this investigated further. If nothing wrong has happened, then there should be no problem with providing the information.
Netflix declined to comment on the allegations as the investigation into the incident continues. Deadline has turned to production company Redrum for comment and will update this story when we hear back.
Gonzalez Aguilar’s family held a funeral in Tijuana on Sunday, just 11 days after his 47th birthday. Garduño helped the birthday boy celebrate his big day while on set and shared the happy moment on Instagram.
“We celebrate with Paco Mufote! Garduño signed the black-and-white photo, which includes an unidentified third man. “Happy Birthday.”