Reports broke on Saturday that two actors in the writer’s Netflix series adaptation Marc Miller and artist Peter Gross‘comic book series american jesus were killed and six cast/crew members of the streaming series were injured in a van crash. With the independent production company working in nearby Santa Rosalia, the crash happened near Mulege on Mexico’s Baja California Sur peninsula while the victims were in transit to the local airport. The Baja California Department of Culture would be to confirm this Raymundo Garduño Cruz and Juan Francisco Gonzalez Aguilar (professional name, Paco Mufote) were the names of the deceased and that the injured were in stable condition. Production company Redrum would then announce that it had temporarily suspended production.
This weekend, The daily beast posted an update reporting two people allegedly close to the production demanding an investigation into what they say are accusations that the show’s crew was exploited to cut production costs. “Paco touched the hearts of everyone he met, he was a great actor with a strong trajectory. He loved performing and playing music more than anything in the world and he dedicated himself to it, often suffering from economic hardship. He sacrificed himself for his love of acting.” Liliana Conlisk Gallegos, an artist and friend of Mufote who spoke to The Daily Beast. “It fills me with rage that there are reports of abuse and exploitation shared by people involved in the production. I would like to demand that this be investigated further. If nothing wrong was going on so there shouldn’t be any problem with providing the information. It pains me to think that he was exploited, that he was forced to work in poor conditions, especially for a multi-million dollar company like Netflix.
And while Gallegos isn’t bringing specific charges in the tragedy, his past experience with productions involving independent film companies is one where they seek to stretch every dollar possible. “I’ve worked in production in the United States when freelancers are cutting corners. They operate independently and then sell the work to the bigger production houses. That way they can turn a blind eye to labor abuses,” she added. “I really want to emphasize that this is a real problem that is global and it parallels this outsourcing problem. We can see parallel forms of abuse and exploitation. At this point, “We don’t know much. All we want answers. I’m not accusing Netflix of anything. I just demand that there be further investigation.”
In a Facebook post on friday, novelist Rick Zazueta accused the Mexican film industry and producers of putting profits before lives and demanded an investigation. “For weeks, people close to this production have known that the logistics have been terrible. The actors have not stopped complaining about how they are treated badly, especially in transport and logistics,” says Zazueta in the post. And the novelist also holds streaming services responsible. “Netflix also has blood on its hands, the billionaire corporation opted to work outside of the actors union ANDA and contracted with the now guilty of these deaths – Everardo Gout and Stacy Perskie,” says Zazueta. He added: “People who come to Baja California to exploit natural and human resources and only inflate their wallets, egos and wallets. Today the production has not published any reports, but it is known that Netflix has already sent their insurers and authorized to Baja California Sur to see how they will hedge and look for a substandard scapegoat.” Here is a preview of the full article test:
DISGRACE in NETFLIX Production “American Jesus”, in Baja California Sur – This is a call for authorities to investigate the deaths of two Baja California talents, Paco Mufote and Raymundo Garduño – Their deaths are a tragedy not only p or steal this talent, but above all because these deaths have culprits. For weeks, those close to this production have known that the logistics are terrible. The actors have continued to complain of the mistreatment of which they are victims, particularly on the subject of transport and logistics. Locations in Santa Rosalia, Loreto and San Ignacio, flights from La Paz and Tijuana, old signs with flat tires, tired and overworked drivers – Places with hundreds of miles between that should be treated with respect, knowledge and common sense than those of us who know Baja California granted it, the actors transported like cattle to save a few pesos. That production should be shut down immediately — its producer Stacy Perskie and director Everardo Gout should be formally sued.
Shame on Mexican cinema, Everardo Gout and Stacy Perskie have to face it and not hide behind casting director Luis Rosales – who was coldly asked to deliver the news of the passing to the families of these great actors. We cannot make the mistake of letting this happen, we cannot allow these gentlemen’s deaths to be in vain. The film industry must change, we have once again paid a very high price in this country but we must uphold the rights of the deceased.
Netflix also has blood on its hands, the billionaire company opted to work outside of the actors union ANDA and contracted with the now guilty of those deaths – Everardo Gout and Stacy Perskie. People who come to Baja California to exploit natural and human resources and only inflate their pocketbooks, egos and wallets. Today the production has not released any reports, but it is known that Netflix has already sent its insurers and authorized to Baja California Sur to see how they will cover themselves and look for a substandard scapegoat. For its part, the internal war begins to seek who and how much will pay to cover this shame, as if human life could be covered so easily.
Friends who are still working on this production – the cast and crew of “American Jesus” – unite, now is the time to bring it all to a close. We cry, cry, but most of all, we’re angry – we can’t let Everardo Gout and Stacy Perskie off the hook, make no mistake if you don’t give the authors first and last names, tomorrow may be n Any of ust edes – the facts speak louder than a thousand words – nothing Everardo Gout or Stacy Perskie say is believable because they are instruments of pain, suffering and death.
First announced in 2017, Netflix The chosen is described by the streaming service as following “a twelve-year-old boy who suddenly discovers he’s come back as Jesus Christ. He can turn water into wine, make the cripple walk, and, maybe even , raising the dead! How will he do with fate leading the world into conflict, thousands of years in the making?” The series is based on the comic book series by Millar and Gross, published for first seen in 2004 as “Chosen” – one of the first in a wave of comic book titles under the Millarworld. The title would continue to be renamed american jesuswith follow-up series American Jesus: The New Messiah released between 2019 and 2020. Everardo Gout and Leopoldo Gout serve as co-showrunners, with Gout set to direct. Production on the project began in April 2022, with Millar offering DH a series update in May. “The development of ‘American Jesus’ is going wonderfully in the talented and capable hands of Everardo Gout and Leopoldo Gout. I am blown away by the creative choices Netflix has allowed us, especially as this series will feature Spanish and English dialogue,” he updated.