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04.02.08 39 Comments

The mayor of a small Chilean town was arrested after driving onto the set of Quantum of Solace yesterday, disrupting filming.

"He got angry, entered into a private enclosure … and caused public disorder and was detained," a police official said. [Mayor Carlos] Lopez said he drove onto the set between the cameras and Bond actor Daniel Craig, interrupting filming, because he was angry at what he called an excessive police presence in the small town because of the filming and the fact Chilean soil was being used to represent neighboring Bolivia. 

"The guy seemed quite agitated.  It’s weird, I always thought Mexicans were pretty laidback," I imagine a spokesperson for the film saying. 

"For a town that has just 1,000 residents, sending in special forces and water cannon, preventing people from walking in the street, reminded me of the worst of the Pinochet years," Lopez told Reuters by telephone.  "I also disagree with national territory being used as locations (to represent) other countries," he said. "Even in a fictional film, unfortunately friendly, neighboring countries use decisions like this to make unjustified claims."

Chile annexed the region around the northern mining center of Antofagasta in a war in the late 19th century, depriving Bolivia of its only maritime border — an issue that continues to deeply divide the countries politically today. [Yahoo]

I can see his point.  Someone should’ve denied the filmmaker’s permit to film there.  Someone like, say, I don’t know, the mayor?  Maybe something got lost in translation.  Like, Reuters thought they said "mayor", but the guy’s like actually drum major or something.

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