You have to admit that everyone from the producer to the actor in this story made some questionable decisions to end up where they are now. But New Jersey is the last place you want to flirt with some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.
The aspiring actor was “shooting” a movie in a Woodbridge, NJ neighborhood. The scene was a car chase in which the actor was simulating gun fire from his seat.
His gun was not technically a prop gun but a BB gun, but in NJ a BB gun is the same as an actual firearm.
According to pix11.com, Carlo Bellario is a stand up comedian and aspiring actor who was shooting this low budget film to make a name for himself. Of course, now he is catching headlines for other reasons.
Carlo says he responded to a Facebook posting to play a gangster role in a film calledVendetta Games. It’s a low budget production by a filmmaker named Andre Joseph and his Epyx Productions.
Carlo got the part. No pay, just an acting credit. And, as it turns out, the possibility that he could do 5-10 years behind bars. All because of a shoot back in November. Carlo described it to me.
“Our scene was a simulated car chase scene. We just drove around the neighborhood. I’m pretending I’m shooting with the recoil, with a pellet gun. I guess people in the neighborhood saw that. They call the police. We get back and we’re surrounded by cop cars!”
Carlo told the police he was an actor and it was just a film. But he had no permit for the gun.
“The producer didn’t have a permit to film. Didn’t have a permit for that gun which turned out to be a bb-gun.”
New Jersey has one of the toughest gun control laws in the country. Even a bb gun is treated like a real weapon under the Graves Act, a bill named after former State Senator and Paterson mayor Frank Graves.
“Now because of that I’m looking at 5 years because it’s a second degree crime. 5 to 10 years actually.”
The actor says he can’t afford an attorney and is embarrassed about the whole situation.