….when the actors know what they are doing.
One of my pet peeves has always been the crappy presentation of firearms handling in the entertainment media. One of my more popular posts here covers some of the stuff that irks me.
From the simple way actors hold weapons to crappy portrayals of tactics, the “you gotta be kidding me!” stuff abounds.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Take a look at this video:
Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t perfect. The idea of a lone officer going in against multiple, heavily armed bad guys and advancing on the last one to the point of transition isn’t exactly the soundest portrayal of “what to do” from a tactical standpoint. As a matter of fact, that point was addressed by the “actor”:
Costa acknowledges that a one-man entry will be questioned, that the “reality” and “verisimilitude” of the mini-move will no doubt be derided by some, but in the end he says, “..it’s a commercial. If they lock it down and wait for backup to arrive, that would not make much of a commercial would it? Of course there is going to be some ‘entertainment value.’”
Tactics in this example aside, the individual weapon handling here is far above what you would see in most TV/movie examples. I contend that many people in the entertainment industry could easily “up their game” in the realism department by paying just a little more attention to how their actors handle weapons.
Of course this “actor” IS Chris Costa…perhaps he’s angling for an entertainment consultant gig?