Police were forced to decipher fact from fiction when they rolled up to a Bellmore store and saw a gunman holding up the manager.
“The officer used great restraint in not firing his weapon,” said Nassau County Police spokesman Vincent Garcia.
He said cops responded to the Cool Stop grocery store at 10:45 a.m. after getting a 911 call of a robbery in progress.
“The first officer arrives, looks in the window and he sees a gentleman with a gun pointed at the counter,” Garcia said.
“So he enters the store and confronts the individual, and says, ‘Police, drop the gun,'” Garcia said. “The individual puts his hands up in the air and says, ‘It’s a movie! It’s a movie!'”
He said the officer repeated his order to drop the gun several times before using force to disarm the actor of his fake pistol.
Garcia said when cops arrived, there were no production trucks, movie lights or any obvious signs of a film being shot.
Long Island-based independent filmmaker Fred Carpenter and a skeleton crew were filming from the rear of the store with a small high-definition camera.
“Even when the officers were in the store they did not see the camera,” Garcia said. Carpenter said the film “Jesse,” staring Burt Young of “Rocky” fame, coincidentally is about a Nassau County detective investigating her brother’s death.
Source: Bill Hutchinson for N.Y. Daily News.