Large Apple crime scared off this struggling NYC actor from casting calls


This actor has stage fright — in the case of the Large Apple.

Jorge J. Prieto is “so afraid” of Gotham’s surging crime, he “received’t reply any casting calls till New York Metropolis is protected once more,” he informed the Put up.

The 61-year-old struggling thespian left Queens for Manchester, N.J., in January to flee the mayhem, and estimated he’s taken himself out of the working for not less than 40 gigs — paradoxically, together with some within the “Legislation & Order” franchise.

Preito stated he hasn’t actually labored since COVID hit.
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Prieto joined the Display screen Actors Guild in 2019, and labored continuously, showing within the NBC medical drama collection “New Amsterdam” that very same yr season and three episodes of “Energy: E-book 2” in December 2019 and a fourth episode in January 2020.

“However then COVID hit and every thing stopped,” he stated. “Then the crime wave hit.”

“Since January 2020, I haven’t actually labored,” stated Prieto, who makes ends meet off his financial savings, incapacity checks from a spinal damage in 2016 and lease he receives from a rental tenant.

“When the calls come, you need to be on the set at 5 or 6 within the morning,” he added. “The vast majority of the calls are in Manhattan or Brooklyn, generally The Bronx. I’m apprehensive about being assaulted.”

Prieto’s private declare to fame ought to have been as an additional in Steven Spielberg’s “West Aspect Story,” however his look ended up on the chopping room flooring, he stated.

Prieto stated he labored 15 days within the spring and summer time of 2019 on that blockbuster movie and on “Within the Heights,” pocketing $5,000.

The 5-foot-6, 158-pound Prieto, who stated he’s usually solid as “a sufferer” in theater or non-speaking roles in movie and TV, stated $184 pay for eight hours work isn’t value his danger to trip the rails or stroll the streets at nighttime.

As a teen, the Queens native stated he was assaulted 3 times, together with as soon as in 1979 when an armed robber put a gun to his head whereas he was flipping burgers at McDonald’s in Corona, the place his 86-year-old dad nonetheless lives.

“[The gunman] informed my supervisor, you had higher open the protected or I’m going to blow his head off,” Prieto recalled.

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As a teen, Prieto stated he was assaulted 3 times.
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He’s not prepared to play Russian Roulette along with his life now, he stated.

“I learn all these tales about individuals being attacked — like the man who was sucker-punched simply standing on the sidewalk — and now he [the suspect] is out,” Prieto stated.

Prieto believes Mayor Adams’ “palms are tied” and it’s as much as different elected officers to vary their tune on bail reform, together with soft-on-crime Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg.

“Bragg. That man has bought to go!” Prieto stated.

His appearing profession in NYC is on maintain till additional discover.

“It must be one thing actually large, the place you receives a commission extra. I might sacrifice by paying for an Uber,” he stated.

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