Thursday, October 28, 2010

Getting a bit Randy in his old age

This Randy Quaid fellow...interesting man.  He first came to attention in the movie The Last Picture Show, playing a goofball who got to escort Cybill Shepherd around because his family was rich.  After that he continued to play parts in movies, never reaching what you might call huge big major jumbo movie star status, the type of celebrity enjoyed by the likes of Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Mr and Mrs Brad Pitt, and, of course, Mr Johnny Knoxville. 

I liked him a lot as Cousin Eddie in the National Lampoon Vacation movies.  But they don't seem to be making them any longer, and even if they did, Randy is unavailable for the nonce, because he and his wife Evi, in a horribly deluded estimation of his importance, have fled to Canada, seeking asylum.  Evi Quaid is a Canadian, and so they are staying put up north in the land of Canadian bacon and maple syrup.

Frequently misunderestimated
The "misunderestimation" took place when old Randy decided to vamoose, scoot, take it on the lam, because there is a mysterious clan that they believe murdered actors Heath Ledger and David Carradine. Ledger OD'd two years ago, and last year Carradine bought it in a hotel room in Thailand, making himself the victim of autoerotic asphyxiation. Please don't ask me for details on that.  But  most people would not see the death of a troubled young man like Ledger, who was suspected of having drug habits, and Carradine, who, in his old age, should have found another means of self-gratification, as having anything to do with a mysterious cabal seeking to off our glorious movie gods and goddesses.  I mean, who's next: the guy who played Larry on Three's Company?  Alex Karras?

Perhaps, and I'm engaged in speculation here, but just maybe the Quaids scooted up to the Land o' the Mounties because they ALLEGEDLY skipped out on a $10,000 hotel bill and then last month - and this is something that could only happen in Los Angeles - they were caught living in a guest house on property that he USED to own, according to the LAPD, which must deal with this lunacy on a regular basis.  They just sort of set up housekeeping in a house they didn't own, and stand accused of doing $5,000 worth of damage to the house.  Packing in a hurry will cause that sort of thing.

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