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Eleven Mad Max movie fans have been arrested in Texas while re-enacting a scene from one of the films.
Police are reported to have arrested the fans as they tried to perform a scene from the second film, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, where outlaws chase down a fuel tanker.
The films launched Mel Gibson's international career with Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2 (1981) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985).
The fans were on their way to a convention where all the films in the trilogy were due to screen back to back.
As they began to act out the scene a worried motorist reported the enactment to the local police believing the tanker to be under attack by a mob of armed thugs.
One of the organisers of the re-enactment said the arrests were unnecessary and was bewildered that someone actually thought it was real, given the over-the-top nature of the costumes.
Nine people were charged with obstructing the highway and two with being in possession of prohibited knives.
The screening was also cancelled following the incident.
Perhaps a video of the incident will appear online…