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Mel Gibson movie causes protests outside Mexican Prison

by kauri on January 14, 2010 · 0 comments

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Even though filming for Mel Gibson’s “How I Spent My Summer Vacation “ isn’t even slated to start shooting until April, it is already causing a ruckus in the local community. “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” was written by Mel Gibson, and will also partly be directed by the star himself, the movie is about a career criminal who learns to survive in a Mexican prison with the help of a nine-year-old boy.

While Gibson likes to direct his own screenplays, he had decided to pass the reins to Adrian Grunberg, who as some of you might remember,served as first assistant director on “Apocalypto”, Gibson’s most recent movie.

This is where the problems begin, because in order to make room for cast and crew of the production, the director of the Ignacio Allende prison, Gerardo Duran, has begun to transport more than 200 inmates, to other jails around the country. Roughly 1,200 inmates will remain at the facility in the Gulf coast city of Veracruz, however the local authorities have said if needed they can transfer more prisoners to other jails, such as the Villa Aldama penitentiary which is located 31 miles away.

This sudden move has angered not only the inmates, but also several relatives, who are worried that they will not be able to afford the travel expenses to these other jails, thus leaving them unable to visit their loved ones. Since family members have been demonstrating outside the prison for the past month, the local military was deployed during the move to keep things in order, while the prisoners were transported away from the prison.

A representative of Mr. Gibson, Alan Nierob, however denies that they had anything to do with the transfers, insisting it was a government decision to move inmates, and not the production crew. He tells Variety.com, “No one with production asked for this transfer. What they do and how they do it is their business, it doesn’t involve my client at all.”

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