The actress and her director get hauled away by cops while shooting a movie

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated August 30, 2004 08:20 AM

Thousands of protestors took to the streets of Manhattan Sunday to show their opposition to President Bush as the Republican National Convention kicked off at Madison Square Garden.

Estimates of those in attendance ranged from 120,000 to 400,000 – with about 240 arrests reported, including that of actress Rosario Dawson, whose credits include Men in Black II.

At the time of her arrest, Dawson was filming a scene for a new movie, The Revolution, which had hoped to take advantage of the protest with all those free extras in the background.

Dawson, 25, wore a black bandana over her face when she was apprehended by the NYPD, New York’s Daily News reports. She and costar Vija Brigita Grosgalvis reportedly were escorted into the paddy wagon as their movie’s director, Stephen Marshall, attempted to show authorities his legal film permits.

But the cops responded by saying that laws are in effect prohibiting protestors from masking their identities – making the black bandana a huge no-no.

When Marshall protested his actors’ arrests, police also cuffed him. The director’s final words to his crew before being led away: “Take my camera.”

In a far more sedate statement regarding the current political situation, John Lennon’s widow took out a full-page ad in Monday morning’s New York Times. The stark white page says only: “IMAGINE PEACE Yoko Ono Lennon, New York City 2004.”