Director Of Amazon's New Series The Last Narc Had Gun Pulled On Him During Filming
Director of Amazon's new docuseries The Last Narc says he had a gun pulled on him during filming.
The four-parter, which is streaming now, centres on the 1985 kidnapping and murder of DEA Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena.
Camarena was 37 and working for the US government in Mexico when he was kidnapped, tortured and eventually killed by cartel members.
Filmmaker Tiller Russell and his team spent almost 15 years to ensure the story was fully told - speaking with dozens of those closely involved with the case.
Speaking to Fox Russell recalls having a gun pulled on him during one meeting with Jorge Godoy - a former Mexico State Police officer and bodyguard.
Russell said: "When we first sat down to interview Jorge Godoy for example, like literally I asked him one question and he kicked the table out of the way, jumped to his feet and pulled out a pistol.
"And I looked over at the cinematographer and like, both of our eyes were big as saucers. And I thought, 'holy s**t, this is going to be a wild one.'"
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Speaking about how to handle an interview as 'wild' as that, he told Collider: "What people want is to be heard, so I kind of let them go where it wants to take them, and often the most fascinating things happen when I stop asking questions, and people let it rip.
"With Jorge, I literally, probably, asked one question, and two hours went by."
The series also features an interview with Hector Berrellez - the man who led the original investigation into the killing - and who makes some pretty bold claims that the CIA were involved.
The CIA has previously refuted his allegations, following an article in LA Weekly back in 2015, the agency said: "It's ridiculous to suggest that the CIA had anything to do with the murder of a U.S. federal agent."
Opening up to Collider about the risks involved with the filming the documentary he said: "All of these people literally risked their lives, and in Kiki's case, gave it up.
"Hector risked his life, and Jorge, Ramon, and Rene literally risked their lives coming forward, and the unnamed informant at the end is literally risking his life, so the stakes could not be any greater. And I was very sensitive to and attentive to [that], and did my best to honour that."
The Last Narc is streaming on Amazon now.
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