Now, speaking to TMZ, ‘Narcos’ actor Pedro Pascal described Portal’s death as a ‘tragedy’ – and stressed that the show would not be able to continue until things were made safe for the cast and crew.
“We can’t do it if it’s not safe,” said Pascal, who plays DEA agent Javier Peña in the show. “We’re talking about lives. If they want to do it then they’ll figure it out in a safe way.”
“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 Pablo without authorization from Escobar Inc,” he said earlier this month. “It is very dangerous. Especially without our blessing. This is my country.”
Asked about what measures Netflix should take to increase security for their ‘Narcos’ crew, he replied: “You have to eliminate all threats. When I was walking in the jungle one day, I had a bag with $2 million in $100 bills. The army was searching for me and Pablo at this time. Suddenly, we are being shot at.
“Both me and Pablo, along with a few security people, start running towards a small channel of water, we swim away. This was all done without guns. 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.”
The third season of ‘Narcos’ premiered on Netflix on September 1. Season four is said to be focused on the origins of Mexico’s infamous Juarez cartel, but Portal’s tragic death has raised uncertainty over whether production will continue in Mexico or move back to Colombia.