‘The Chosen One’ Accident Survivor Remembers Longtime Friends Who Perished, Addresses Tragic Van Ride & Work Conditions On Netflix Series

Specific: Following the June 16 fatal accident that claimed the lives of two actors and injured six others from the cast and crew Netflix‘s SelectedSurvivor Yere Albelda spoke to Deadline about the loss of his close friends Raymundo Garduno Cruz and Juan Francisco González Aguilar (known professionally as Paco Mufote).

All three were hired to play miners in the series produced by Redrum. Albelda and Gonzalez started work on June 2 and were living together; The start date of Garduo was earlier.

Albelda, Guarduno, Gonzalez, and the rest of the cast and crew involved in the accident were on their way to Tijuana for a week to catch flights to their respective home cities—Albelda, Guarduno, and Gonzalez—for Loreto International Airport. Half break from filming. He was supposed to be back on the sets by 16 July after a break at work.

total eight people Selected In the van were: Albelda, Garduno, Gonzalez, two female stunt coordinators, a young actor and his guardian, and the driver; Only the driver and the passenger sitting next to him were wearing seatbelts. The driver was new and came only the day before the set as a replacement for a different driver who needed a break as the demand for transport was high.

Albelda suffers a head injury in the accident and is unable to recall the tragic ride. He was kept under observation due to amnesia and has had several scans, all of which have come back normal. Physically he is caring for a fractured collarbone and scapula but none of his injuries are life-threatening. Doctors have ordered him to take rest for 6-8 weeks.

“I remember turning the keys to my hotel room that morning and walking down the street to buy a burrito because the van was picking us up at 7 a.m. and we didn’t have time to have breakfast. After that, I remember waking up in the ambulance,” he said.

“Inside the van, the setup was in three rows for the drivers and passengers behind the passenger seats. I normally sat in the second row, and I believe I was sitting there at the time of the accident. It is my understanding that Paco and Ray were sitting in separate rows, closest to the sliding door of the van. I have been told that the van spins several times and the sliding door pops open. Based on what I’ve been told, I guess [without seatbelts]Paco and Rey were kicked out.”

Albelda does not blame Netflix or Redrum for the accident and says the two have gone above and beyond to support her in the latter.

“They have done the right thing and have been just,” he said. “It was not like a time bomb situation where at any point of time something was going wrong – no. No one would have imagined this to happen. Trust me, I have just lost two very good friends whom I love many times.” I have known for years. If I feel that someone is responsible, I will raise my voice to bring justice to their families.

Albelda has appeared in about five major productions, including The Walking Dead, And he says the vans used in all of them appeared to be in comparable condition. He describes a used van Selected As in “Not exactly new built in 2022 but definitely not out of date.” He says there was nothing that should have caused him to worry about the van aboard the airport, but he also notes that he is not a mechanic and is not aware of any mechanical issues.

“I recently had to visit the location where the van is being stored by accident to claim any assets that I have left behind. Revisiting it and how it was destroyed is up to me. Had a lot of impact,” said Albelda. “Some people have suggested the tires may be subpar so I made sure to look at the condition of all four in particular and those guys are wrong. The wheels were in really good condition. ,

He went on to say, “One thing I would say is that no one encouraged those in the back of the van to use seatbelts. Only the driver and the front passenger consistently used seatbelts. Obviously, the vans had seatbelts, but Hardly anyone has used them. I would say for myself that I never did. I always felt safe while in the van and I could not imagine that such a terrible accident could happen.”

Most of the injured were released from the hospital the same day except Albelda and a female stunt coordinator, who were also kept under observation. The stunt coordinator recently told Albelda that she lives under the care of a hospital close to home.

but work Selected Reruns on Monday, a decision Albelda supports as a tribute to her friends. Due to his physical and emotional trauma, he has opted out of the series. The production is covering his medical bills and, according to Albelda, will continue to pay his salary as if he worked until the end.

Albelda has heard that the allegations have been made Proxies due to poor working conditions and shady business practices Selected. One outspoken critic has been novelist Rick Zazueta, who claims the production has insight, thanks to sources from within.

Albelda says that Zazueta recently sent him a friend request on Facebook, which he accepted but clarified that he never met her or knew her before the accident.

“I read his allegations and found them very interesting,” shared Albelda. “I have never spoken to him and I am clueless as to who his sources are. I can only speak of my own experience, having worked on many productions of this size. Yes, they are tiring, and we work long hours. I don’t know if my experience is different because I’m used to working 16 hours a day but everything stays on Selected My experience was equal to saying a show like the walking dead, It was business as usual for me. My biggest complaint is that sometimes we were taken to the sets at 9 am but we would not shoot till 2 pm but that is par for the course in this business. ,

He continued, “The shooting schedule was often in flux because if someone had to self-isolate due to the Covid infection, we would have to do something else. My complaints are minor. I never felt that my life was in danger or that I was being taken advantage of. There was never a moment when I wanted to complain or leave the production. I got paid what was promised to me and when it was promised. I know we make less than American actors, but I’ve never been lied to about what I’ll be paid. I have never been abused or exploited or treated unfairly. I’m not saying this isn’t someone else’s experience, but it wasn’t for me. It was nothing that I had seen firsthand.”

Netflix declined to comment on this story.

Albelda and Garduno and other friends of Gonzalez gathered for a memorial service in honor of the actors on Tuesday afternoon. It was an emotional gathering that celebrated two honorable men who leave behind family, friends and fans after giving life to themselves and their art.

“The two are longtime friends from the theater with whom I have been through a lot—both the good times and the bad. We have been on tour together and we all know each other’s families,” said Albelda. I have known Ray for almost 18 years and Ray for almost 7 years. Ray was a rebel. I never posted pictures on set because we signed NDAs that prevent spoilers from leaking out. But Ray, as the rebel, loved being on the set and posted a few pictures anyway. He was very proud to be working on this production. He was the life of the party. When we had time, he would go to the local bar or listen to music by the pool. ,

“I remember the first time Ray and I met in 2015, we collaborated on three projects through his theater company, Teatro Immigrante,” Albelda continued. “Through his company, he worked a lot with children, and I remember that it was very important to him that young actors be treated as professionals. He worked with very talented actors who were smart; he Didn’t want people to underestimate what they could achieve. He also dealt with issues of social justice in his productions. We were talking about his character at his memorial yesterday, he had a very strong personality which gave him a very strong personality. Didn’t impress everyone in the right way. But it was because of his toughness that he was able to help make a difference and stand up for what was important. He was also very generous and wanted everyone to succeed. You Always knew where you stood with him.”

“Paco and I met at my first theater audition. I want everyone to know that his stage name Mufote represents his three biggest passions: music, photography and theatre. What stood out about Paco , it was his generosity, his empathy and how humble he was. Whatever project he was involved in, he treated everyone from the extras to the star equally. When we were shooting in Santa Rosalia, he was taken to the hotel room. Hated being trapped inside. He would go out into the community and start random conversations with the locals. He visited museums and learned the history of the area, which they would teach us all about when we found out later. He yearned for it. He was also good at giving an ear or a shoulder.”

Juan Francisco González Aguilar and Raymundo Garduno Cruzo
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He continued, “The picture you saw on Ray’s Instagram from Paco’s birthday shows how Paco wanted to celebrate another year of life. A simple gathering between friends, he doesn’t want to party or get drunk I remember an example when we were shooting a scene in the desert, and he gave his umbrella to someone else who needed it more. Both are leaving a huge hole in the hearts of those who knew him. Were.”

The tragedy didn’t stop Albelda from continuing to work as an actor, in fact, it inspired him to work even harder, knowing that the two great thespians he admired now had that opportunity. Not there.

“His death is sad, but I asked their families to take comfort in the fact that they were doing what they loved most. He was living his dream. I take comfort in the fact that Paco and Ray died the same way, and not from an incurable disease or anything else. I was given the gift of living another day and I do not take it lightly. I want to continue acting and honor Paco and Ray by sharing what they have taught. I will share my dream with him for the rest of my life,” he said.