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Film crew shooting cop series where Eric Garner died halts production after being attacked by angry locals

A Staten Island film crew suspended shooting outside the beauty shop where Eric Garner died after a handful of locals took exception to a scene in which two white cops roughed up a black suspect.

On Thursday night, James Russo, Anthony Mangano and Mark John Jefferies were filming a scene for “The Fifth Boro” in which the two white actors wrestle Jefferies to the ground.

However, shortly before cameras started rolling, a bottle came soaring onto the set, aimed at Jefferies, who said the projectile missed his feet by “about 8 inches.”

Filming for the TV pilot had started around mid-afternoon at Tappan Park in the Stapleton neighborhood. A scene was also planned for outside a bodega across the street from where Garner died after being put in a chokehold by an NYPD cop in 2014. Video of Garner gasping “I can’t breathe” went viral after the 43-year-old victim died.

"The Fifth Boro” features mercurial actress Sean Young, controversial “Sharknado” star Tara Reid and “A Bronx Tale” actor Lilo Brancato.
“The Fifth Boro” features mercurial actress Sean Young, controversial “Sharknado” star Tara Reid and “A Bronx Tale” actor Lilo Brancato. (The Fifth Boro)

Jefferies claimed he didn’t know the history of the Bay St. corner in Tompkinsville where the incident happened, but said the majority of onlookers were supportive. He blamed a handful of “boozers” for causing the ruckus.

“They were just being ignorant and I don’t have time for that,” he told the Daily News in a phone interview Sunday. The 28-year-old Bronx native, who has starred opposite Halle Berry in “Losing Isaiah” and played a young 50 Cent “Get Rich or Die Tryin,’ ” said, “We were literally about to roll and one of them threw a bottle in my direction.”

According to Jefferies, he approached the bottle-tosser, who yelled, “If you don’t like it, you can get the F out of here.”

Several good Samaritans quickly stepped in to defuse the situation before it could escalate, he added. “It was fortunate it ended the way it did, it could have been a lot worse,” he said.

After the confrontation, director Steve Stanulis, a former Staten Island cop who started his NYPD career working this very beat from 1994 to 2000, decided the location had become a distraction, so his team packed up and moved on.

“Everyone was fine, but there were a couple malcontents,” according to Stanulis. “We called for everyone to pick up the set and we moved to Bay Street Landing.”

Despite his NYPD background, Stanulis insists he chose Thursday’s location for its “shady” vibe and wasn’t aware that was where Garner had died until he was told of that fact by locals.

Eric Garner (r.) seen during the arrest where he was put into a chokehold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo.
Eric Garner (r.) seen during the arrest where he was put into a chokehold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo. (New York Daily News)

While it isn’t surprising there would be turmoil on the set of “The Fifth Boro,” it seems more likely the problems would have been internal. The series, which is being pitched to networks, also features mercurial actress Sean Young, controversial “Sharknado” star Tara Reid and “A Bronx Tale” actor Lilo Brancato, who spent eight years in prison for his part in an attempted robbery that left an off-duty police officer dead in 2005.

source: NYD

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