It may be obvious by the links to my photo albums that I'm a big Lord of the Rings fan - seriously, it's a real geek who goes on a Lord of the Rings Movie Location Tour (with Red Carpet Tours). Before my elementary school teacher introduced The Lord of the Rings, he introduced The Hobbit. Before that, The Chronicles of Narnia. And I discovered Harry Potter in the last couple of years. The most recent movie for these stories is The Voyage of The Dawn Treader. Being the geeky fangirl that I am, I like to watch the extra stuff and the interviews and such. In doing so, I came across something very interesting. Very interesting indeed here.
The filming of The Voyage of The Dawn Treader was delayed and moved due to the Mexican Drug War. They were to film at Rosarita Studios (built for Titanic and used for Master and Commander). Unfortunately, the drug war interfered and they moved to safer havens in Australia. The violence of the drug war damages more than just the border areas or limited locales within Mexico. Mexico is our neighbor and I want them to be prosperous, secure, and happy - a state of being which would naturally make Mexico a desirable neighbor.
Listen to what the director, Mr. Apted, and the star, Ben Barnes say. in the video below.. "Worse than Bahgdad" ... "Thousands of dead every weekend" .... "Headless bodies in the street" ... "terrrifying" ... They would have had to stay in military style compounds for their own safety. There were gun emplacements on the streets. They would have needed 24 hour body guards. Two of the three stars of this film are underage children!
He is wrong when he says that people didn't know much about it, even in America. We know here in the Southwestern United States of America, Mr. Apted. We've been screaming it from the rooftops! It's our government which denies the carnage and the danger. And the Mexican government, of course.
If the vid won't play, you can watch it here.
It's a strange intersection of my interests. You won't find that everywhere!