The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button looks like a fantastic film. It’s getting a lot of press coverage and is even being tipped as an Oscar hopeful. But is it such a good film that it’s worth shooting someone who talks during it? No, clearly not, but one man seems to disagree with common sense.
No-one likes having a movie ruined by someone in the cinema incessantly talking, but most of us will either ignore it and go and see the movie again, or give the offender a dirty look. At a push we might ask them to be quiet, especially if they’re smaller than us. What we won’t do is shoot them in the arm with a gun.
According to Philly.com, James Joseph Cialella Jr. got mad when an unnamed father and son spoke to each during the Christmas showing of the Brad Pitt movie. After asking them to be quiet and throwing popcorn at the son, Cialella allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the father in the arm.
The rest of the audience went running for cover while Cialella sat down again and nonchalantly carried on watching the movie. Police arrived a few minutes later, arrested Cialella and charged him with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and weapons violations.
This feels alien to me because I live in the UK where guns aren’t as common as they are in the states but it’s a scary idea that simply talking in the cinema could lead to being shot. Next time you’re in the cinema and turn to chat to your friend, just bear this story in mind.