‘Iron Man 3’ stunt show had some movie goers fearful
It was suppose to just be a stunt show to entertain moviegoers but for some the memory of what occurred in Aurora, Colorado is still fresh and it appeared a repeat was bound to happen in their town. Moviegoers at Goodrich Capital 8 Theaters in Jefferson City, Missouri saw a man dressed in full assault gear, carrying what appeared to be a modified M-4 and 9 mm on his side.
Shortly after the Jefferson City police department begin receiving calls about a man who was spotted heading inside the movie theater. This prompted a full scale police presence at the movie theater.
Captain Doug Shoemaker of the Jefferson City Police said, “We received a series of 911 calls stating that a man dressed in all black and body armor and a rifle was walking into Capital 8 Theaters. Everything was in place, it’s the opening night of a superhero movie, it’s somebody walking in all-dark clothes, everything pointed to bad things about to happen. There’s really no good that can come of this.”
As it turns out though, the man wearing the assault gear and carrying the weapons was an actor dressed as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, a fictional government security agency from the movie Iron Man. It was suppose to be a stunt where the agent would ambush movie goers after the movie was over but for some it felt too real. However, the theater manager Bob Wilkins told ABC 17 News that far more people found the stunt entertaining but after some backlash the theater posted an apology on it’s Facebook page.
Capital 8’s full apology via their Facebook page:
“To our customers:
We apologize and are sympathetic to those who felt they were in harm’s way with our character promotion for Iron Man 3. This was not a publicity stunt. We have worked with the Cosplacon group on many movies to dress up and help entertain our customers. We have had many complaints about the members dressed specifically as S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives carrying fake guns. We didn’t clearly tell our customers and some people didn’t realize it was for entertainment purposes only. We apologize that police were called to come out to our theater. We have a wonderful working relationship with the Jefferson City Police Department. Going forward we will take the necessary steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Security and safety for our customers is our number one priority.
Capital 8, Goodrich Quality Theaters”