Metta World Peace has played in Los Angeles since 2009, so you would think he and his various associates would understand that just about anything and everything film-related that is produced by his Artest Media Group has to be cleared by local authorities. And that once you film an obvious scene for a movie using guns that look to be real, you put the guns away once the director yells “CUT!” Even if the guns involved are relatively harmless BB rifles.
World Peace was awoken from slumber on Tuesday morning by police, authorities that had surrounded his Los Angeles home after receiving a tip about gunplay on World Peace’s property. The police, thinking that the guns were real and not yet aware that the players using the guns were actors shooting a “life on the streets”-styled movie, came out in full force.
World Peace, still clad in pajamas, did the same. From the Los Angeles Times:
"At first when I seen the police, I was like, 'What the hell is going on?'' World Peace said. "I just got finished watching 'Zero Dark Thirty' or whatever that movie is. I'm like, 'I'm dreaming, I'm dreaming. Is there a terrorist in the building? Do y'all need my help?'"
After a brief conversation with the police, World Peace put on his Cookie Monster pajamas and accompanied them outside.
World Peace was shocked by what he saw.
"Like 20 cops' cars are outside, like 10 more police," he said. "My brother had his hands behind his back and [there were] helicopters. The whole Wilshire [Blvd.] was shut down. The street shut down. No cars nowhere."
World Peace said that once the police realized that the suspects were actors, and that their guns were BB guns, the mood lightened.
(“Do y’all need my help?” Never change, Metta World Peace. Never stop viewing what appears to be an illegally downloaded copy of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and attempt to save the day in your Cookie Monster pajamas.)
Metta went on to call the extemporaneous gunplay of the three actors – including World Peace’s nephew – “irresponsible.” MWP’s younger brother was drawn into the situation and handcuffed because he attempted to calm the fray before World Peace showed up, but did so without any identification, so the police cuffed Isaiah Artest until they could determine what was real, and what was a spillover from yet another independent film attempt.
The Times reports that World Peace didn’t get much sleep that night – in one of the few days off in the NBA’s six-month regular season calendar – which probably explained his weird back and forth with reporters in discussing the infamous scene after Wednesday night’s Laker win over Boston:
"The scene was great and we're going use it," World Peace said. "Not that exact scene; we're going to re-shoot it."
Only in Hollywood, I guess, can a “great” scene that’s going to be used also be re-shot, and also serve as “not that exact scene.”
Or only in Metta World Peace’s world, I suppose, can that make sense. He is, after all, the man who wants to know if he can help defeat terrorists and/or Los Angeles gunmen in his Cookie Monster pajamas.
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