02 November 2010

oops: shooter

AP: Actor mistaken for gunman killed in Philippines

So, let’s get this straight:

A British movie is being filmed in Cebu.

A ‘concerned citizen’ wakes up a volunteer watchman to notify him about “the presence of armed men in his community”.

Mr. Volunteer Watchman checks with real cops at a local police station, only to be informed about the filming movie .

A real police officer goes with Mr. Volunteer Watchman to where the filming is, which happens to be behind the police station.

Once there, Mr. Volunteer Watchman approaches one of the actors who tells him that they’re filming.

Knowing all this, Mr. Volunteer Watchman still grabs one of the actors while they are filming some sort of an escape scene, and proceeds to shoot him with a homemade handgun.

I don’t want to make light of a tragic death that occurred here, and with many things sometimes you have to take what you hear with a grain of salt.  But assuming that most of what’s being reported actually happened, you’d have to wonder: If this guy was informed of any filming being done, and a real officer is leading you to the area, what part of the crazy vigilante in you does this?

Assuming that it was obvious that filming was being done (I’m guessing that there were a lot of people standing around, many with equipment and stuff, who were actively watching the actors in the scene) what switch goes off that says you need to take matters (and someone’s life) in your hands?

Has anyone heard anything different than what the AP reported? 

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