Ex-cop ‘acts’ to save gal at film shoot

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY BRIAN NIEMIETZ

He was ob­vi­ously con­vinc­ing in the role.

For­mer NYPD Of­fi­cer Steve Stan­ulis donned a po­lice uni­form for the first time in nearly 20 years to act as a cop on a movie set and was called into ac­tion by a woman who thought he re­ally was on the job.

“A girl comes run­ning up scream­ing and ask­ing for help, say­ing a weird guy was fol­low­ing her,” ac­cord­ing to Stan­ulis about the on-set drama dur­ing film­ing of “The Fifth Boro.”

Be­fore be­com­ing a film maker, Stan­ulis was an of­fi­cer in Staten Is­land from 1994 to 2000. “The Fifth Boro” is a film project he’s hop­ing to spin into a TV se­ries.

The woman, whom Stan­ulis guessed to be in her mid-20s, “was in a panic” and ap­par­ently didn’t see the indie cam­era crew set­ting up across the street at 6 a.m. Tues­day. Af­ter ex­plain­ing that he was in uni­form be­cause he was shoot­ing a movie, Stan­ulis asked the fright­ened woman to point out the al­leged stalker.

“I went to talk to the guy and he ran down the street think­ing he was go­ing to get ar­rested,” Stan­ulis said. He de­scribed the man as an “emo­tion­ally dis­turbed per­son.”

“If I were a woman walk­ing down the street and he was fol­low­ing me I’d be ner­vous,” Stan­ulis said. He de­scribed the man as “creepy.”

The grate­ful civil­ian thanked Stan­ulis, who in­vited her to stick around and watch the cast and crew shoot a cou­ple of scenes, which she did.

She also took self­ies with some of the show’s cast, which in­cludes Tara Reid, Sean Young and Lillo Bran­cato. (Those three were not on set when the in­ci­dent oc­curred.)

Truth proved stranger than fic­tion for “The Fifth Boro” late last month in Staten Is­land when the crew set up a scene near where Eric Gar­ner died in 2014 af­ter be­ing put in a choke­hold by cops. Shoot­ing was in­ter­rupted when a hand­ful of by­standers took ex­cep­tion to what they were see­ing and threw a bot­tle at one of the ac­tors. In that scene, two white cops were ar­rest­ing a black char­ac­ter.

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