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Cops Cuff Actor... for Acting!

3/13/2007 4:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained exclusive video of several LAPD officers cuffing actor Erik Palladino after he was seen brandishing a gun on the streets of Hollywood in early February. The only problem -- the gun was fake and the only thing Palladino was shooting was a movie!

As Palladino performed a scene for the film, "Hotel California," police cruisers rushed the sidewalk and cops readied their real guns to deal with the "situation."

Director Geo Santini didn't seem too worried as his star was placed in handcuffs, ad-libbing to the perplexed actor, "You gotta be on set tomorrow, that's what the contract says!"

Once the crew explained to cops that they were shooting a movie, Palladino was released and filming resumed without incident. LAPD had no comment on the incident, which occurred February 11.


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Geo Santini is a great director...... Can't wait for this one to come out. He's got this kind of flick down pact.

2724 days ago

Your'e Fired!    

......................Permits!!! Where are the PERMITS?!?!?!? I think Santini is a third rate director for not doing something more....Something doesn't smell right.....

2724 days ago

You'd think they would have let the cops know about the movie ahead of time.

2724 days ago


Damn there are a lot of criticizing comments down below..... HATERS. Just wanna let peeps know that this really did happen, I was working on set that night. Kinda crazy scenario but it kinda made sense to me. The cops might of assumed that some crazy guy with a gun was going after one of the Actors??

2724 days ago


The idots are the movie makers. You would think waving a gun in public would be something you would want to notify the police of in advance

2724 days ago


Ha! Ha! Funny stories today TMZ! How could cops miss all the equipment and people in a film set?! Hilarious. The sad part of this story is, there may be serious cases out there where cops could be wrong ang placed the innocent in jail. Come to think of it, situations like this give people reason to get scared of cops!!

2724 days ago


The LAPD should be sent to Iraq to "fight the war on terror!"

2723 days ago



2723 days ago

david ortiz    

The big question is who let a x-drug dealer direct a movie.....we know you geo don't get hollywood, face it the only reason you got a movie is cause you related to the mob...remeber ...we know your real name.....

2718 days ago


Some people just can’t stand to see others thrive. I was there and I can say that the whole fiasco did happen, and to all you haters….WE DID NOTIFY THE CITY…We had two cops on set!! It’s not our fault the LA cops are completely and utterly brainless…It was a great story and Hotel California is going to be a hot film. And you say NO NAME ACTOR? Eric Palladino is an endowed actor and Geo Santini a great director!!
Just stop hating!!!

2714 days ago
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