Pop-star turned actress Natali Yura found herself in an off-camera drama while shooting her new action film “Reprisal” alongside Bruce Willis and Olivia Culpo.
We’re told that Yura, who plays an armored car guard in the flick, approached two police officers in Cincinnati to do some character research when she became the one being interrogated.
“It was 10 o’clock and there was no one on the street when she approached the officers,” says a source close to the situation. We’re told Yura, who’d just finished filming a violent scene, appeared tattered and bruised and was asking questions about crime and law enforcement when the police asked why she had a black eye.
“She started to get nervous — they turned the tables on her,” we’re told. It seemed the officers had a hard time believing Yura was doing research and persisted to ask the out-of-towner why she was out on the otherwise desolate street looking like anything but a movie star.
Bruce Willis will star alongside Olivia Culpo and Natali Yura in “Reprisal.”
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“She made a hurried explanation and fled down the block to her luxury hotel,” according to our insider.
Yura, who’d been filming with Willis all day, ran into the officers after picking up dinner on her way back to the 21c Museum Hotel, where she’d been staying. She splits her time between L.A. and Europe and will likely visit New York when “Reprisal” opens in the spring.
This isn’t the first time the 26-year-old performer has found herself at odds with law enforcement agents. In 2014, Yura cast “A Bronx Tale” star Lillo Brancato Jr. in the music video for her Billboard dance hit “Scream for Love.” It was the controversial actor’s first gig after being sprung from prison, where he’d served eight years for his part in a Bronx robbery that led to the killing of NYPD Officer Daniel Enchautegui.
Yura responded to the criticism on Facebook, where she called Enchautegui a “fallen hero” and referred to Brancato as an “extraordinarily talented actor who made a very serious mistake.”
With Brian Niemietz