Who were Raymundo Garduño Cruz and Juan Francisco González Aguilar? Netflix 'The Chosen One' actors die in car accident
Two Netflix actors, Raymundo Garduño Cruz and Juan Francisco González Aguilar died in an auto accident while filming the series, 'The Chosen One'. The accident occurred in a desert area near Mulege on Thursday, June 16, and there were a string of updates following the accident that also left six other cast and crew members injured. The series is based on 'American Jesus', a comic series by Mark Millar and Peter Gross that sees 12-year-old learning that he was a version of the returned Jesus Christ destined to save mankind.
Earlier this year, Millar had taken to Twitter to provide an update on the show saying that they were shooting in Mexico. Per the Daily Beast, the production has been suspended following the incident with Redrum, the production company hitting pause on filming. Meanwhile, tributes poured in for the two actors who died in the crash.
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Who were Raymundo Garduño Cruz and Juan Francisco González Aguilar?
Juan Francisco González Aguilar, known professionally as Paco Mufote was well-known for 'El Porvenir' a thriller series, and 'People from Another Planet', a mystery sci-fi flick. His death was mourned by one of his friends who was also part of the film industry. Liliana Conlisk Gallegos told the outlet she was heartbroken after learning of his demise. “Paco touched the hearts of everyone he ever met, he was a great actor with a strong trajectory,” Gallegos told The Daily Beast. “He loved acting and playing music more than anything in the world and he dedicated himself to it, many times suffering economic hardship. He sacrificed for his love of acting.”
She also slammed the reports of abuse and exploitation that were shared by those involved in the production and demanded an investigation. "It pains me to think he was taken advantage of, that he was being forced to work in subpar conditions, especially for a multimillionaire company like Netflix."
Cruz was one of the more renowned actors on the circuit and his last post on Instagram was three days ago. The actor is credited for 'Here comes the Devil' by IMDb. His friend, actor, and director Fernando Bonilla took to Twitter to not just pay a tribute, but also demand an investigation like how Gallegos had insisted earlier. “It is imperative that the production report how many hours of rest the driver who lost control of the truck had,” Bonilla tweeted.
“I am devastated,” Bonilla continued. “Ray was an actor, director, and cultural manager who adopted Tijuana as his home. He was a festive and generous friend. Many film and television productions have drivers overexploited, causing these fucking tragedies. I just found out and I can’t believe it. I have a crushed heart.”