NEW YORK – What do real cops think about reel cops? In other words, how real is reel?
If you always wanted to know whether cops, FBI agents and undercover narcs really do all that stuff and have all those car chases, "Just The Facts," (search) two one-hour Court TV specials, will help you answer those questions.
Hosted by Gordon Clapp ("NYPD Blue"), the special's producers assembled real-life cops and feds to critique the methods that film cops have used in everything from car chases to gun use - ranging from classic to new TV shows, like "CSI," (search) and movies.
For example, do real cops actually walk into dangerous situations holding their guns with their arms straight out? Do real cops do that thing where they hold their guns up to their cheeks? And best of all, when stalking bad guys, do they hold their guns out and let the guns peek around the corners before they do?
No, no and no. In fact, when real cops look at those poses, for the most part they laugh. Why would you let your gun announce your presence by letting your gun snake around the corner, one of the cops on the special asks. Now that you mention it, it does seem a pretty dopey move - no matter how good it looks.
Who did/does the gun thing the right way? The cops agree: Don Johnson (search) in "Miami Vice" was one of the few who managed to be authentic. That move, in case you're interested, is called "down and scan."
Another myth? That real cops have unlimited ammo. "Real cops count rounds," says one.