Natalie Portman's portion of New York I Love You,which was shot here in Brooklyn Heights, has lost one of its lead actors. Abraham Karpen, a Hasidic Jew who lives in Brooklyn, dropped out of the film reportedly after being pressured by his rabbis:
ABC News: Rabbi Orders Actor to Quit: He really didn't grasp that this was a movie and that Natalie Portman was a star. He thought it was more of a commercial, a short thing," said Isaac Abraham, a Hasidic community leader. "I think he was a little naive. He didn't grasp the magnitude of what he was doing."
The magnitude of what Karpen was doing became clear after photos of the budding actor walking with Portman under the Brooklyn Bridge surfaced in the media.
"We don't watch TV, use the Internet or see movies. It's against our religion and our traditions. There are strong guidelines about what you can and can't do," Abraham said.