Netflix has got advice it shouldn’t refuse, according to Pablo Escobar’s brother, who recommends the entertainment company hires hitmen when working in dangerous locations, and says it should never film in Colombia without his family’s permission.
A former accountant for the cut-throat Medellin drug cartel, Roberto de Jesus Escobar Gaviria is in dispute with Netflix about the portrayal of his brother’s life in the series ‘Narcos.’
On July 1, 2016, the brother of notorious drug kingpin reportedly sent a letter to the American entertainment firm asking for a share of ‘Narcos’ profits.
Gaviria has also offered Netflix some security advice.
It comes on the back of the murder of Carlos Munoz Portal, a ‘Narcos’ location manager, who was recently found shot dead in Mexico while working on the next series of the show. A motive for the killing has yet to be established.
An estimated 23 million people fell victim to crime in Mexico in 2015, and government figures chart the murder rate at 16.4 per 100,000 inhabitants.
According to Gaviria, who survived a letter bomb while serving time in a Medellin prison, Netflix needs to use hitmen while working in risky locations.
“If you have the intellect, you don’t need to use weapons. If not, you have to. In this case, Netflix should provide hitmen to their people as security,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
The ex-cartel accountant also spoke about eliminating “all threats,” and sent a slightly ominous message to film companies thinking of shooting further movies about Escobar in his hometown.
“I don’t want Netflix or any other film production company to film any movies in Medellin or Colombia that relates to me or my brother without the authorization from Escobar Inc. It is very dangerous. Especially without our blessing. This is my country,” he said. Read more