Netflix and Redrum, producers of the series “The Chosen One,” issued statements about a car accident in Baja California that killed two of their actors on Thursday. Two other cast members and four crew members were injured but remained stable and returned home to recover.
Netflix said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic incident that took the lives of Ray Garduño and Juan Francisco Gonzalez. Our thoughts are with their loved ones and with the victims of this unfortunate catastrophe.
Redrum agreed: “All of us in the production of The Chosen are shocked by the tragic incident that happened last Thursday while traveling from Santa Rosalia, Baja California, to the local airport. We are deeply saddened by the deaths of our colleagues Ray Garduño and Juan Francisco Gonzalez, and we closely support all those affected by this indescribable tragedy. Redrum is cooperating with local authorities and initial reports and witness accounts indicate that all safety protocols were in place and this is an unfortunate incident.
Garduño and Gonzalez had supporting roles in the series. Production has been suspended, but is expected to resume after the ongoing investigation and a period of mourning, according to sources close to the production. Diversity turned to the families for their statements.
Both actors, who were in their late 40s, worked on the horror film “Here Comes the Devil” for Salto de Fe Films and Morbido Films. Director Adrian Garcia Bogiano said: “I and my production partner at Salto de Fe Films, Andrea Quirzo, are heartbroken by the news of the untimely deaths of Ray Garduño and Paco Mufote. We have good 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. “
Mufote, known as Paco of Friends and Family, was active in both theater and film, both disciplines 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 stage plays, led by Cristo light, Primero de octubre and Edipo güey, among others. He also starred in Chantal Gresset’s play L’arpenteur, which was staged in Tijuana, Mexico and Rennes, France, and also starred in the National Geographic documentary series Locked Abroad.
Garduño was known in Bach as a director, as well as an actor and cultural manager with more than fifteen years of experience in this field.
As a director, he has directed more than 10 performances, including “Kikiricaja”, “Immolación”, “No Touch”, “Papá está en La Atlántida” and “Dios es un bicho”. Some of them have been presented at festivals and theater performances in Mexico, Latin America and Spain.
He is the founder and general coordinator of Children’s Theater Week, one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind in Mexico. As an actor, Garduño has starred in more than 20 plays, movies and TV series.
He is considered one of the most important and respected creators and promoters of modern theater dedicated to children and youth.
“The Chosen One” is an adaptation of the comic book series “American Jesus” for a 12-year-old boy who, after a strange accident, discovers that he is the rebirth of Jesus and is destined to save humanity.
Diversity talks to a transport driver who is familiar with the road where the accident took place and has worked on other photos in Baja. He noted that long, exhausting hours for drivers are the norm in most industries in Mexico. The accident happened in “the most dangerous section of the road between Loreto and Mulege, full of bends and potholes,” he said. – There are many accidents there.
Logistics is also a problem, as the nearest airport, Loreto, is about four hours from the location.
“We lost two loved ones, we’re all hurt,” said a production actor who prefers to remain anonymous. He said the set was a hybrid of union and non-union actors. “This is a very good project, it’s a pity it’s tarnished by people who write as if they know what really happened.”
The awakening took place on Sunday evening (June 19) in Tijuana, where both actors are from.