10-08) 19:59 PDT -- In "La Mission," an upcoming movie set in San Francisco's Mission District, Christopher Borgzinner plays a street thug who clashes with the main character, an ex-convict-turned-bus driver played by Benjamin Bratt.
The 18-year-old Borgzinner was never in a gang as he grew up in the city's Portola neighborhood, but drew from what he saw going on around him and his own experiences as a young Latino to inspire his acting in the film.
On Monday, real-life violence descended on Borgzinner as he rode a packed 9-San Bruno Muni bus to his acting class in the Mission, wearing the wrong-color shoes.
Wrong because they were red, the color claimed by the Norteño gang. A group of men, ignoring his denial of any gang affiliation, stole his wallet and other items and put him in the hospital with a beating.
"It was just a senseless act," Borgzinner said. "I'm somebody try
Tags: gang, actor, robbery, beating, wrong colored shoes
Location: San Francisco, California, United States (load item map)
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