As a location scout for Hollywood projects filming in his native Mexico, Carlos Munoz Portal spent his workdays roaming the country, searching for landscapes that would look great on screen. By age 37, he had racked up an impressive list of credits that included the drug war thriller “Sicario” and the James Bond film “Spectre.”
Last week, Munoz hopped in the car to hunt for locations for a new client: “Narcos,” the hyper-violent Netflix series that chronicles the lives of Latin American drug kingpins.
Several hours later, he was dead.
Local police found Munoz in his car slumped over in the driver’s seat in a field about an hour north of Mexico City, according to the...