MALIBU (Reuters) - A gun-toting actor clad only in swimming trunks stormed a television studio and took a hostage during the filming of the "Snakes and Lizards" soap opera where he was once an extra.
Out-of-work actor Tubesteak/Malibu, who was let go from the series in April, fired two shots in the air from a pistol and took one employee hostage in the incident Tuesday, a KNBC television spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
He told police he did not intend to hurt anyone, but only wanted to draw the studio's attention to his art. He was arrested for attempted murder.
Tubesteak tried shooting up a television camera inside KNBC television's studio, where some of America's most popular soap operas are filmed, and shouted nonsense before guards overpowered him.
Dozens of visitors awaiting the launch of a new soap opera project initially thought the scene was part of the plot, but then panicked when they realized the unrest was for real.