Paris Bans Action Movie Shoots

“Film makers have been banned from shooting action scenes in Paris in the wake of the terrorist shootings which left 20 people dead,” reports. “It means that the kind of classic segments which have thrilled generations of movie lovers cannot be repeated.” Why should they be repeated when you can see them on Netflix? “Announcing the measure, police commander Sylvie Barnaud said: ‘There’s a problem with these action scenes, as the actors in uniform could be targets for terrorism.'” Mistaken identity not police assassination isn’t the only risk . . .

‘Also the actors could cause confusion for the general public during this highly-sensitive period.’

The police chief said anyone displaying fake weapons in the French capital would have them confiscated, while pyrotechnics were also banned.

TTAG tipster RK ain’t got time for that. “I guess all the closed streets, cameras, lights, trucks and signs that say movie production in progress wouldn’t clue them in to the fact a movie shoot was in progress?”

As for the implication that fake terrorists or police or victims could confuse the public, who cares? French folks’ right to bear arms was perdue long before Frank started selling chickens.

Here’s an idea: les flics should ban real terrorist attacks. That way no one would be confused. Just sayin’ . . .


  1. avatar ST says:

    Luc Besson will not be pleased….

  2. avatar Cameron S. says:

    France – preemptively waiving the white flag to fake violence.

  3. avatar Dustin Eward says:

    They’re not all bad. That .510DTC that pisses in the California Legislature’s face came from France… France: slightly less retarded than a California State Legislator. When is Kommiefornia going to ban thinking about being alive?

    1. avatar Accur81 says:

      There are plenty of .50 cals in CA. Anmo, too. It’s gone full retard in many respects, but there are a few extremely right wing folks out here. Heck, even the whole 10 round mag thing is often treated like more of a “guideline” than an actual rule.

  4. avatar JWM says:

    Wait! You mean real terrorist attacks weren’t already banned in France? That explains everything. The needs to close that loophole before another attack happens.

  5. avatar Chris. says:

    —“I guess all the closed streets, cameras, lights, trucks and signs that say movie production in progress wouldn’t clue them in to the fact a movie shoot was in progress?”—

    Don’t forget the PERMITS.

  6. avatar Hannibal says:

    ‘There’s a problem with these action scenes, as the actors in uniform could be targets for terrorism.’

    Could that be a mistranslation? Cause it sure sounds stupid.

  7. avatar Tex300BLK says:

    Wow… not much to say about that.

    This is the exact kind of knee jerk bullshit that people like Eric Holder can only dream about when they trot out that “will of the people” nonsense he was referring to in your article earlier.

  8. avatar Wilsontx says:

    It’s been done already a million times. Who wants to see the same played over and over in Paris? Kind of like NYC or LA. Enough already.

    The ban applies only to Paris. Why not explore the rest of the country? How often do we see the Auvergne region on the big screen. Nothing like an intense action sequence to liven up the streets of Clermont-Ferrand.

    What a second…does this mean no more seasons of Braquo?

  9. avatar Rokurota says:

    Perdu does not end with an “e”. You are confusing the French with chickens.

    1. avatar Hellequinn says:

      I don’t think there was any confusion.

      1. avatar Chrispy says:

        Now THAT’S comedy!

  10. avatar Josy says:

    Hello, for Hannibal, no, it’s not mistranslation, I just read an article in French, they said that terrorists will attack everybody in uniform, so it’s for actors’ safety … (

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      Well it’s good to know that (a) actors are valued so much more highly than regular folks and (b) the French think terrorists could actually be stupid enough to confuse actors on a movie set for real cops.

      1. avatar SteveInCO says:

        It’s not so much that as that they can’t tell the real fake cops from the fake fake cops (the actors).

  11. avatar SouthernPatriot says:

    Some of these wimpy Frenchmen make me ashamed that my ancestors came from there about 350 years ago. Apparently, they were in search of a New World after dealing with the ancestors of police commander Sylvie Barnaud and the rest.

    Where is the French Connection when you need it. Just makes me long for a earlier, simpler time, gotta dust that one off and play it tonight. Oh, the pain…Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle: “Never trust anyone!”

  12. avatar Geoff PR says:

    They will just use CGI technology, film the location and add actors later.

  13. avatar SpecialK says:

    So they have no confidence in their ability to keep either celebrities or police safe yet they want me to come there as an unarmed tourist? Glad I didn’t pull the trigger on that European vacation…

    1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      I hope with the money you saved you bought a few new firearms, or at least one really nice one?

  14. avatar Wood says:

    Let no tragedy go to waste. The French are learning from our loons, or is it vice versa?

  15. avatar bobmcd says:

    This has actually happened in the United States on at least one occasion.

    In the TV show “Homicide: Life on the Streets,” filmed on location in Baltimore, there was an occasion in 1993 in which a real bad guy ran from the real cops, right into the middle of a location shot. The real bad guy surrendered to the actors, who held him a fake gun point until the real cops caught up.

    In an homage, the TV show then had their fake cops chasing a fake bad guy, who ran through a fake-fake crime scene, causing immense confusion.

    So … it is a real hazard of filming action sequences on location that there will be serious (possibly lethal) confusion over what is real and what is fiction. I agree at least in part with the decision to stop filming action scenes in Paris. Maybe they can film them in the fake Paris in Las Vegas?

    1. avatar Excedrine says:

      One cannot use rare and statistically anecdotal incidents to build an argument and expect to maintain any semblance of intellectual honesty when using that argument to build a case for an arbitrary ban on some inanimate object or legal activity. That’s exactly the same tactic that gun-grabbers use.

      On the other hand, I think the phrase is “too soon”. A temporary halt to filming action scenes until Paris can get it collective senses together is not a bad idea.

    2. avatar Hannibal says:

      Is there evidence of that beyond someone making an entry on IMDB?

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Who cares? I spewed all over my screen.

  16. avatar Davis Thompson says:

    Have any of those fine French folk ever been on a movie shoot? It’s hours of set up and waiting, five seconds of running and shooting, with lights, cameras, pop-up tents, catering trucks, wardrobe trucks, electric and grip trucks, honey-wagons, trailers for cast members, piles of cable and sandbags etc everywhere as well as a hundred or so crew people standing around watching the take. And everyone is on a walkie talkie. Plus no one is wearing balaclavas. This is one of the silliest things I’ve ever seen. New York City has had its share of terror attacks, yet we still shoot plenty of movies there with plenty of gunfire and action scenes.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      What is a honey-wagon?

      1. avatar JWM says:

        The truck that vacuums the contents of the porta potties. After which the material is recycled and used in more hollywood action movies.

        1. avatar Chrispy says:

          ^ Well played!

  17. avatar Accur81 says:

    Behold the results of lefty political correctness and a severe lack of testicular fortitude.

  18. avatar Defens says:

    Next they’ll be banning blind men with minkeys!

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Clouseau: Does your dog bite?
      Hotel Clerk: No.
      Clouseau: [bowing down to pet the dog] Nice doggie.
      [Dog barks and bites Clouseau in the hand]
      Clouseau: I thought you said your dog did not bite!
      Hotel Clerk: That is not my dog.

    2. avatar JWM says:

      Not so long as they have a proper license.

  19. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Oh man…no more hydrogen bomb scenes like in Superman 2. Oh well. I too am slightly embarassed by my French ancestry. Good thing I got the half German thing to claim…

  20. avatar Desert Ranger says:

    My browser was so offended by this it crashed twice…

  21. avatar Sammy says:

    They should ban light sabers too if they are that confused.

  22. avatar Gearmoe says:

    Are these people really this reactive and paranoid? Hmm, no self-defense for citizens, answered my own question.

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  24. avatar Asdf says:

    Nice to know that other countries go full retard after a terrorist attack ala the US and it’s horrible Patriot Act.

  25. avatar Bob says:

    Reactions like this (and many others) have proven that the terrorists have won.

  26. avatar Wiregrass says:

    On the positive side, maybe there won’t be a “Liam Neeson Kills Everyone in the Building 4”.

  27. avatar Alfonso A. Rodriguez says:

    All I can say is f–k the French and while they are it, they may also institute nightly light blackouts in Paris so they can have more privacy buggering each other in a false sense of security. Maybe de Blasio will do something similar in NYC to piss off the film industry and the cops even more. If instead of reactive, they could act proactive, more problems could be prevented but that takes imagination and the realization that crime cannot be completely eradicated, just reduced to more manageable size, specially in the mega cities. These people like to use a shot gun to kill mosquitoes.

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