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Cannes Madness: Lunatic Stages Fake Assault On Christoph Waltz

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Cannes is usually an international hotbed of film, but this year the Cannes Film Festival has become an unexpected epicenter for madness instead, as according to CNN, an onlooker armed with a starter pistol and a fake hand grenade staged an attack Friday afternoon during a live television interview with Academy Award winning actor Christoph Waltz.

No injuries were reported and police quickly subdued and apprehended the suspect.

According to the report, Waltz and BAFTA winning actor Daniel Auteuil were being interviewed outdoors by French cable station Canal+ along the famous Promenade de la Croisette when an unnamed assailant began firing shots. Waltz and Auteuil were hustled to safety as police quickly captured the attacker.

It was later determined that the shots were actually blanks. Additionally, the man was carrying a fake grenade.

"The bodyguards jumped over the barriers into the crowd and pulled him to the ground," witness Arthur Laiguesse told Reuters. "The police arrived and told everyone to run because there was a grenade in his hand."

The attack was just the latest bizarre episode to mar the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival, coming hot on the heels of a daring Thursday night heist in which thieves absconded with an entire safe filled with over $1 million in jewelry.

Here's hoping that for the rest of the festival, the action stays on the big screen.

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