Reason #154 Not To Be An Actor: You Get In Standoffs With Police Because Your Producers Didn’t Pay For A Filming Permit For The Robbery Scene

Posted: August 2, 2013 in Random Thought

Imagine you’re walking toward your favorite coffee shop when you see two masked men outside the entrance with what appear to be firearms.That’s what happened to a Glendora patron Thursday morning when she happened upon what she later learned was an unauthorized movie shoot. “My brain went from the masks straight to the hand and there was a gun,” said Linda Bergslian, who ran back to her car and called 911. The men were actually carrying airsoft pellet guns, but the telltale orange tip that shows the guns are not real had been removed or covered. The “armed” pair were actors in a short film, but police didn’t know that. “By all intents and purposes, this was an armed robbery, and officers responded as such,” said Capt. Tim Staab, with the Glendora Police Department. Staab said the filmmakers did not have the proper permits to film at the shop, and didn’t tell police of their plans. “Kind of important things to do,” he said. One of the actors froze and did not immediately drop his replica gun – a hesitation that could have led to a deadly shooting, police said. “It was at that moment that the officers’ training kicked in. One officer reached out and pulled it out of his hand and put both suspects down on the ground,” Staab said.  According to Glendora’s website, an $828 film permit is not required if you can do your shoot without disturbing public peace and safety.

The best part of this story is the actor who almost got lit up because he froze and didn’t drop his gun right away when the police ordered him to. He was about one wave of the gun hand from getting swiss-cheesed. You gotta put yourself in that guy’s mind for a second. He’s “in character” doing a robbery and all the sudden some “po-lice” show up to stop him. He definitely thought the director was using some sort of creative intent to test his acting skills. So he starts waving the gun around thinking he’s in on the trick like at the end of Malibu’s Most Wanted. Bro, you live in Los Angeles. Stores get robbed on the reg. Next time don’t act in a shitty little indie film funded by your boys cousin who’s making coke deals between takes. It’s acting 101 really. Next in Acting 102: Don’t Be An Actor.

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