Part of the fallout from Mexico’s drug war has been lost revenue from Hollywood production budgets. Once a prime shooting location for Hollywood films, Mexican film commissions have taken a hit as Hollywood takes sensationalized media reports of violence to heart. Mexico City film commissioner Fernando Uriegas told Variety that drugs have,
“not only given business to the cartels, but to the media who cover the violence around them. As long as these stories sell space, they’ll keep running them.”
In response to the fallout, state tourism and film commissions are taking extra steps to ensure the safety of productions. According to state film commissioner Sergio Gutierrez, local and state police along with federal troops circle the sets with full security and even offer to fly in stars via helicopter, courtesy of the state government.
Noting that most of the nine productions that shot in the Mexican state of Durango last year asked to reduce security measures as shooting progressed, Gutierrez said, “When (actors and producers) come, they usually come with fear, but after a few weeks of filming, they realize that all this has more to do with the media … that this isn’t how they say it is.”
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