Ving Rhames, who can now be seen in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, has said that he was held at gunpoint in his own home after one of his neighbours reported on a 911 call that a "large black man" had broken in.
The "Mission: Impossible" series returned to theaters this weekend, prompting a press tour that led franchise actor Ving Rhames to recount another real-life recurring story in America - that of a black man being accosted by police for attempting to enter his own house. Despite Rhames' visibility here and elsewhere in a career that spans over 30 years, the 59 year old isn't immune to racial profiling.
The actor said he was inside his Santa Monica home, watching ESPN in his basketball shorts, when he heard some commotion in his backyard.at first, Rhames thought it was just his bulldog puppies running around, but then he heard a knock at the front door. "And they say, 'Put up your hands.' Literally", the Mission Impossible actor said Friday on the Clay Cane Show on SiriusXM.
"The captain of police - and you can check with the Santa Monica Police Department - he recognized me because my son played against his [son's] school", Rhames said.
The confrontation ended only after one of the responding officers recognized Rhames - not from his roles in movies, but because their sons competed in a basketball league.
The cops - which included the officer aiming the gun, another behind him, and two to the left of him with a police dog - told Rhames to walk outside with his hands up.
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The officers revealed they were responding to a 911 call from a neighbor who said a "large black man" had broken into a home.
'You can check this with the Santa Monica Police Department.
The incident, which occurred on July 29, 2016, started when his neighbor called 911, thinking a burglary was taking place, the Santa Monica Police Department confirmed. The resident was identified as Ving Rhames.
A neighbor called the police on Ving when they thought he was a robber. "And so we came.'" Rhames apparently went across the street with the captain and an officer to talk to the neighbor, who denied making the call. "I don't know, just like Trayvon [Martin] had a bag of Skittles", Rhames told Sirius XM's Clay Cane.