‘Narcos’ Location Scout Shot and Killed in Mexico

Location Scout for Netflix's ‘Narcos’ Shot
Juan Pablo Gutierrez/Netflix

Mexican location scout Carlos Muñoz Portal was shot to death in a violent region in central Mexico Monday while scouting for season four of Netflix’s hit show “Narcos.” The seasoned scout, who worked for Stacy Perskie’s Mexico City-based production company Redrum, has a slew of high profile credits to his name, including, “Sicario,” “Spectre,” “Fast & Furious” and “Apocalypto.”

Netflix issued the following statement: “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family. The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.

Several Mexican journalists posted photos along with the news.

Muñoz’s bullet-riddled body and car were found in a remote area near San Bartolo Actopan in the state of Mexico near the borders of Hidalgo state, which is said to have one of the highest murder rates in Mexico. In July, 182 cases of homicide were reported in the densely populated state, a ratio of 12.2 for every 100,000 inhabitants.

According to local reports, authorities have had trouble piecing together the circumstances that led to his killing, given the dearth of witnesses.

Netflix’s season 4 is said to be exploring the origins of Mexico’s infamous Juarez cartel just as season 3 focused on the rise and fall of Colombia’s Cali cartel and heralded the shift of the drug wars to Mexico.

Munoz’s murder raises doubts on whether the production will continue in Mexico or move back to Colombia where it began. Such a decision would imperil hundreds of jobs that the series’ production would have generated in Mexico.

(photo: “Narcos” from Netflix)

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  1. G.A. says:

    What I find amazing is there is no warning to U.S citizens who visit large U.S. cities worse than mexico European nations worn there citizens of the voilents in the U.S. Mexican resort in mexico are safer then a lot of U.S.resorts like hawii the ice/meth capital of the world

  2. Michelle says:

    Why in the HELL was that man in that dangerous area scouting??? Was he planning on recommending that dangerous area to the production?

  3. G.A. says:

    The U.S. has 5times the murder rate of Mexico if there was no drug war the U.Ss rate would be much higher

    • MD says:

      The US murder rate is under 5 per 100,000 people. The Mexico murder rate is almost 17 per 100,000 (one of the highest in the world – 2nd deadliest country in the world).

      So, no. You’re wrong.

      • G.A. says:

        17 your completely full of shit a lot of mexicans are more well behaved then Americans american are ignorent that is what you are taught the long history of misinformation slander and trying to demonize just as brainwashed as a hundred years ago

    • Amigo, your false equivalency is not working. You yourself do not have confidence in these lies because here you are in my country instead of your beloved hellhole.

      • Me says:

        Mexicans are well-behaved? Is that why millions of people from the U.S. are sneaking across the border illegally into Mexico? Oh, wait…

      • G.A. says:

        Im not much worried about someone from mexico much more worried about some nut case american lm a white dude who lives in mexico stupid want to see some real animal watch how American act in mexico on spring brake

  4. William Chatterson says:

    Sad day for the talented people who created Narco’s. Sending my prayers.

  5. JeloNe! says:

    Mexico won’t Be in order until they get it Off This money Hungry Politicians the Collect Money from Drug dealers!!

  6. Simple Sol. says:

    Pull every film out of Mexico, then they themselves will have to deal with the dealers. And yes this drug war the U.S. has against drugs is a money maker for the fat cats in D.C.

  7. Sam Wise says:

    He, and rest of Mexico are just victims of the USA drug war. All those heads chopped off, and mass graves are because of USA drug war.
    There is still no Amendment to US Constitution making any drug illegal. They had one for alcohol, so why don’t they think they need one for drugs?
    The only solution to America’s problems is revolution, because US govt is lawless.
    Or quit funding the corruption with the illegal income taxes.

    whatistaxed c om

  8. muneshadowe says:

    IMO: If the US government ACTUALLY wanted to win the war on drugs, It would be won within a week.
    There is way too much money being made to keep it going than to stop it dead as it should be.

  9. Robert Flounders says:

    You Can Not Fix (Stupid)…

  10. Dave Wilkinson says:

    If you stir up a hornet nest you can expect to get stung.

  11. oscargoldman says:

    The invasion of Iraq was a monumental fiasco on its own, but even more so when you consider the threat on our own border that we didn’t address. The fact is that we should have laid down an ultimatum to Mexico: Clean up your act, or we’ll do it for you.

    • Harry says:

      You’re dreaming, as evidenced by the results of the war on drugs, the Afghan war and terrorism in general, not to mention the response to the recent storms, the US is totally impotent in it’s ability to end or even address anything evil and instead focuses on grossly groping old women and children at airports looking for Waldo.
      But don’t worry, whomever is in the White House will tweet like a bird that everything is just dandy while their non-elected czars go about carrying out all their childhood fantasies against the American people.

  12. Adame says:

    You knew Narcos was heading to Mexico when they introduced Amando Carillo Fuentes aka “Señor de los cielos” at the end of season 3. After Pablo was gone, the Cali guys had no cajones and lost control of the business to guys like “Lord of the Skies”. They are now essentially just farmer/ producers of the merchandise, and the jefes are all in Mexico to this day.

  13. G.A. says:

    Deport Americans there the drug addicts,criminals,and gang bangers were do you think the so-called Mexican mafias from and ms13 there from, L.A stupid

  14. Rich Roth says:

    Our prayers for him and his family. The Cartels have always stopped the Press from reporting, and this young man was investigating a Cartel for research, for next season, it looks like that made someone nervous.

  15. G.A. says:

    In Mexico you die for a reason in the U.S your killed by a nut case

  16. G.A. says:

    I will tell what’s really dangerous New Orleans Detroit chicago

  17. Que dice Jorge Ramos, que pasa voca grande. Crickets!

  18. Miguel 526 says:

    We notice that the vile cowards of Variety have secretly deleted comments which point toward Variety’s reflexive support for The Mexican Drug Cartels, no matter how many of the 80,000 Mexicans they have murdered in the last 5 years! We will see, (& record) how long this comment lasts upon the cowardly, amoral, “liberal” Variety comment thread!!!

  19. Just build the wall and deport DACA!!!

  20. Damion Blackthorn says:

    Yes, this could imperil hundreds of jobs…or, save hundreds of lives and a massacre of monumental size…

  21. NoMoreHollywood says:

    Mexico is a failed state.

    • G.A. says:

      I would rather see Mexico wiped off the face of the earth then be part of the U.S it will naver happen the beauty of Mexico is its mexico if mexico is that bad why do millions of foreigners and U.S. citizens live there here’s one for you jack ass look it up Tijuana is the must visited city in world

      • G.A. says:

        Theirs over 3 million U.S citizens living ln mexico excluding millions who visit mexico and that’s not counting all the foruaners like Canadians and other nations mexico should Deport old American farts with there misley lncome they would be living on skid row

      • Peter Dunnells says:

        Millions?! Mexico has about 1 million foreigners living there while the US has over 22 million.

        Sadly, it seems as though Mexico will never live up to its truly great potential–which is ultimately nobody’s fault but Mexico’s.
        And as far as Tijuana goes, people visit and then get the hell out of there. People are not flocking from other countries to live there permanently.
        It’s great that you love the country in which you live–you should! Take all that energy you use hating on the US and use it for fixing Mexico!

    • Sabrina Ellis says:

      Mexico is a country

      • javier n says:

        failed state is what you call a country that has zero control over their crime problem. Bing and Yandex are your friends. google too

  22. Bruce McClarron says:

    The Mexicans are far worse – ruthless and more savage than the Colombians!! Their only “equal” in Colombia was the famous Pablo Escobar from Medellin!!

  23. bvikay says:

    Predictable. Move along.

  24. John says:

    Let’s add some facts to this discussion. Nobody denies that Mexico has a lot of violence, but this is a single incidence.To see the facts, you can use this link:


    If you to the subdivisions of Mexico and the US, you will see that there are states in the US (say Louisiana at 10.8 per 100,000 rate) with higher homicide rates than many states in Mexico (Louisiana crime is higher than Mexico City, Puebla, Campeche, Chiapas, Coahuila, Tlaxcala, Queretaro, Hidalgo, Nayarit, Aguascalientes and Yucatan).

    My point: Use FACTS not incidents to form your opinions about countries.

    • Bruce McClarron says:

      Single incidence?? How many savage “Narco murders” have occurred in Mexico so far this year??

      • John says:

        I am not saying this is the only incidents. But incidents occur everywhere. Statistics are FACTS. Just read my comment again, slowly

  25. Dave Dally says:

    This news made me sick to my stomach, but I still find it very interesting that they’re considering Colombia is a fallback. Wouldn’t it just make sense to use places like Arizona, Louisiana, and California as a fall back? I get that there’s a particularly distinctive look to the urban areas in Mexico, but I feel like a little set design can go a long way when you’re trying to recreate an area 20 miles away.

  26. bunky says:

    Only 12.2 per 100,000 ?
    That doesn’t compare to chicongo.

  27. mcmash54 says:

    When they say he was a location scout they mean that he was a middle man between the cartel and the film company. Sent in to negotiate a price for permission to film in the area. The man was probably carrying a briefcase full of cash and was robbed by a rival cartel.

  28. Pepe says:

    They shoulda filmed in L.A.

  29. Sharongoggle says:

    it’s very tragic what happened to this man and his family and my heart goes out to them the show must go on in any community across America film what the drug cartels has done and all the desruction loss of lives and drug addicted families we now have here in our own back yard dont forget drug addicted babies and children in foster care with nonfamily drug addicts who are only using them as a cash cow and abusing them as well so on with the show!!!!!!

    • ZeroedIn says:

      @Sharongoggle: I just got off a teleconference related to your post. Besides myself, attendees included: the comma, apostrophe, hyphen, semicolon, and period keys on your keyboard. They all said they felt unloved; and complained about a lack of physical contact from you. They also said that you seem to display an inordinate amount of affection toward the exclamation mark, and wished you would share some of that same affection with them from time to time. For the sake of their well-being, and the love of everything holy, please consider touching them once in a while. They promised me they do not bite! (PLM – Punctuation Lives Matter)

    • Shep Wiley says:

      How distastefully insensitive of you. Such a cynical world you live in, eh? How’s that working out for you?

      • Cameron Wiley says:

        Shut up, Shep. You pick Luis’ comment as the one to whine about? Look through this thread and tell me HE’S the one who needed a check.

  30. Interesting how my comments were all erased pointing out the obvious. You leftists and nonwhites have set a dangerous precedent. Take away the white man’s freedoms in the white man’s county and bad things WILL happen to you.

  31. Michael Anthony says:

    The vast majority of these comments are from idiotic right wingers, now known as “The Trumpettes”. They embrace the Kremlin, but are scared to death of Mexico. That’s why you’ll see so many comments about building the wall.
    Would a wall have helped this poor man? No. Would a wall prevent anyone of his killers from coming here? No. Are they safer with a wall? Only in the sense that the wall of bigotry they’ve but, seems to make them think they are immune.
    As long as Americans crave drugs, the drugs will come in. And forget your wall. With $100b and counting from w hurricanes, and counting, if you want the wall, then let all Trumpettes pay for it. Since he enjoys so little support, if all his supporters chip in $5m, you’ll get a partial wall. Win for Yrump! Yeah! Lol….

    • Joe says:

      No, idiot the wall isn’t going to stop every crime from happening.. The point of it is to make it more difficult for people to illegally enter the U.S. Not only are criminals that are from Mexico able to enter the U.S., you should be concerned that someone with terroristic intentions could also come in through Mexico.

      • G.A. says:

        That’s a joke no one has ever been cought at the Mexican border as a terrorist at the Canadian border there has been cought tarrorist the reason the reason the U.S doesn’t say anything becouse Canada is the other white meat you racist basted

    • KD says:

      you sir, are the idiot. do us all a favor and get off the internet so your mom has a chance to change your bedsheets

    • Peter York says:

      if I’m a Trumpette…you’re a TromBONER. I’d sit at your feet, but I’m drool-intolerant.

  32. James Brighan (Bigg) Bunyon says:

    And this is a surprise why exactly? Those who can’t stand the heat should not tickle the dragon.

  33. Logic says:

    um, what did he expect? Its mexico and traveling there for ANYTHING is a dumb idea. Secondly, all drugs should be legal with warning pamphlets. Its not my nor anyone elses problem if someone chooses to be a junkie. They can die quietly by their own free will while gang violence om innocent people disappears.

    • john N says:

      It will be your problem when the collective amplification of the effects of behavior of many individual hardcore drug users spills over into your life and mine in the form of increased hospital operating costs, increased policing and emergency treatment costs, rehab costs, and all the social ills therein. You do not exist at a distance from causality, the causal effects of any one individual’s behavior do not end at their front door, and the culmination of many individuals’ similar behavior easily snowballs into a society’s downstream problem.

      And while Mexico is still reeling and recovering from Communist rule and still doesn’t have a stellar track record of public trust or ability to secure its rural, provincial, and border regions, as long as one sticks to the well-to-do areas it’s a fantastic place full of wonderful people.

      • Joe says:

        That didn’t happen in Portugal when they stopped arresting drug users. We certainly aren’t winning the war on drugs the way we’re fighting it now.

      • Peter York says:

        I’m gritting my teeth…collective amplification…causal effects at the front door…culmination of behavior from downstream…stellar record…and finally a ‘virtue signal.’ whew!

  34. EK says:

    Imperil jobs!? How about lives?!! This is not such a unique location that it couldn’t be duplicated elsewhere, especially in the U.S. Southwest. This is not a documentary series and there is no earthly reason to put cast, crew et al in harm’s way. Tragic.

  35. DRW says:

    “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal”

    The passing????? You men the MURDER by the drug cartels you glorify!

  36. “If you dance with the devil, then you haven’t got a clue, for you think you’ll change the devil, but the devil changes you.”

    And he worked for REDRUM. Fitting.

  37. Fred Mertz says:

    I guess Hollywood morons don’t read newspapers, watch televised news or read State Department warnings, but take their advice from college students, instead. To even think about going into Mexico to do something as frivolous as making television shows is imbecilic. You would be much safer in Bagdad.
    I speak very fluent Spanish, have traveled a fair amount in Mexico, have taught week-long workshops there several times, am ALWAYS armed and know the culture. I will not put one toe in Mexico!

  38. Vambo says:

    Even Mexicans don’t want to be in Mexico. Will the last Mexican to flee Mexico please turn out the lights. Thanks. #BuildTheWall

  39. EF says:

    False information in this article. Hidalgo is not one of the most dangerous states in Mexico. His body was found in Mexico State, which is the most dangerous state.

  40. Ken Puck says:

    Seems like the perfect location.

  41. Jay says:

    Now, how’s that for realism?

  42. Carl Parsons says:

    Cartels make money on drugs and human smuggling. And they use the humans they smuggle to bring drugs into this country. And the drug dealers and users in America are just as responsible for the deaths in Mexico as the Cartels who perpetrate the violence. Build that wall, shoot those drug dealers, arrest the drug users, and stop the cycle.

  43. Surprisingly no one has identified trump as the person responsible for this sad story

  44. Details would be very helpful in this story. I am assuming Hollywood has filmed in Mexico a thousand times before without anything like this happening. Very sad.

    It’s also amazing how many right-wing crybabies apparently read Variety magazine.

  45. ron says:

    Guns are banned in Mexico. How can this happen?

    • G.A. says:

      The U.S. smuggles arms into Mexico you should know that

      • Sarah says:

        The US doesn’t smuggle arms into Mexico. Mexicans smuggle arms into Mexico. Just like they smuggle the drugs out of Mexico. People and drugs go north, money and arms go south. Yes, you can blame the law of supply and demand, burn if you’re blaming the US for wanting drugs and creating a market, you have to acknowledge the Mexicans want the arms, and not try to also blame that on old whitey.

    • Mark B says:


  46. Lola Wilson says:

    Prayers to family and friends. I hope this does not discourage Netflix into continuing this important story of the cartel. This story needs to be told!!!

  47. Rip sir says:

    Build that wall. Rip to this young man. The folks at Hollywood probably sent him not knowing what happens in the real world.

  48. Mark B says:

    Judging all of Mexico based on this is like judging all of the U.S. based on any random day in Chicago or Detroit… These are isolated incidents that are sensationalized by media. Yes, Mexico has areas with high crime rates, but so does the U.S. and many other countries. I wouldn’t shoot in the south side of Chicago or areas of New Orleans or D.C., this display of white-American ignorance is ridiculous, some of you must not get out very often. Very unfortunate, my best to his family and friends.

    • John says:

      Great comment Mark. Mexico has a high crime rate, but there are places in Mexico with much lower homicide rates than some places in the US. People can explore it by themselves here:


    • Yet here you are in WHITE America. Your people aren’t escaping to Brazil to be around brown people. You are coming HERE to be around the master race for a reason. You want to feed off the white host because we have created superabundance of prosperity and security. Just a few of you in one place quickly turns it to hell. Then you flee AGAIN to be around more white people. Rinse and repeat. The time is nigh now. You are running out of white people, so it’s going to be all hell all the time. Congrats, ungrateful minority.

      • Mark B says:

        I love this new angry white arian thing. It’s really fascinating how you handle a tiny bit of pressure by what you consider a threat. “Minorities” have been dealing with the threat of bigotry for as long as we have been in the U.S., grow some balls. You’re all such whiny thin-skinned cry babies. I’m a direct descendent of the Spanish people who were the first Europeans to settle in North America, long before the “white” Europeans got here. White males make up less than 30% of the country, how is this “your resources” and “hospitality”?

      • Mark B says:

        What a pitiful and unintelligent loser… You are the perfect representative of your “master” race, LMAO.

      • John says:

        Your “master race” was fleeing europe to south america not long ago

    • krombopulos michael says:

      If they targeted him because he represented the Narcos show and were sending a message to the EPs (a bullet riddled car and body does not sound random) then yes…it is fair to judge the whole country for safety. But you are getting riled based on speculation (just like mine is speculative to an extent).

      • Mark B says:

        Good point but unfortunately most of the comments are about Mexico. I am merely pointing out the fact that we could choose any number of events on any random day in our own high crime areas and sensationalize it the same way, very unfair.

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