A felon recently released from prison hired actors for a movie and, allegedly, failed to pay them. The actors say they were promised a good amount of money.
Pat Gagne took the bait. He said he was promised $8,500 after the movie was finished, with $4,000 by the end of the weekend. He plays an undercover cop in the movie, which involves chase scenes with guns drawn.
Gagne and the other actors say they had no idea the man behind the flick is a felon. That man is 25-year-old Michael Bellamy of Tampa. Bellamy was released from prison last month. He was convicted of pretending to be a Tampa Police Detective and of grand theft. That’s not all. As a teen, Bellamy stole a fire truck from a station and took it on a joyride.
“Honestly, I smelled a rat at the very, very end. Other people, I think, were a little bit keener that I was, I’m embarrassed to say,” Gagne said. “I just knew it was bad when we showed up to get our money.”
When it was time for Bellamy to pay up, he didn’t have the cash. Nathan Cheatham also plays an undercover cop in the movie. “It’s hard to pass up an opportunity. We’ve done some small films before,” Cheatham said.
He said other problems came up as they shot the film. Some actors used real guns.
“There’s situations could have arose where somebody could have got hurt real bad. Police could have got involved and accidentally shot somebody. We had a problem with that at one of the scenes,” Cheatham said.
Michael Bellamy called on the phone. He said he thought he was dealing with a local rapper who was funding this movie. He said he later discovered the man he was dealing with was not the rapper. He claims he is the one that got duped.