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