Friday, February 08, 2008

Cousin Eddie Really Is Crazy


I'm guessing that maybe Randy Quaid does have a plastic plate in his head, much like his character in the Vacation movies. What I am about to tell you is extraordinary because it almost never happens. Randy Quaid was kicked out of the Actor's Equity Union for life. Now, this isn't SAG, but it is pretty big. Do you know how bad you have to f**k up to be kicked out? And then to take it a step further, to be kicked out for life. Here is what happened.

Lone Star Love was a Broadway bound show having its test runs in Seattle to make sure it really was Broadway worthy. Cry Baby will be doing the same thing later this year in La Jolla, CA by the way. Johnny Depp will be showing up a few times to watch in case you want to get close and rub his head or something else for luck.

Anyway during the show's Seattle run, here is what happened as reported by the NY Post.

  • Quaid hit an actor on the back of the head four times during performances. When the stage manager told him to stop, he smacked the actor again.
  • Another actor was warned that if he made direct eye contact with Quaid onstage, he'd be fired.
  • Quaid made "sexually inappropriate" comments onstage, repeatedly referring to an actress' musical instruments as her "gynecological instruments."
  • The couple tried to rewrite the script, to eliminate characters.
  • Randy "felt free" to change blocking, lyrics and lines during performances, and repeatedly failed to show up for note sessions and rehearsals.
Now, the couple that is referred to in the bullet points is Evi Quaid. She is Randy's wife and former limo driver. Quaid’s wife Evi turned up at the Equity hearing for Quaid and “berated several Equity staff members, including a 76-year-old receptionist whom she allegedly kicked in the shins, drawing blood.” Evi says Equity staffers broke her finger while trying to bar her from the meeting; others say she was a screaming lunatic raving about a “Nazi plot” against her husband.

It just shows that the Nazis didn't really care much for Caddyshack 2 like the rest of us. In addition to being banned for life, Quaid was also fined $81,572 and forced the cancellation of the show before Broadway and the loss of the $6.5M producers spent on financing the show. I'm thinking Randy isn't going to be on their Christmas card list. I think it was probably doomed from the start. Any production called Lone Star Love who throws Randy Quaid in the lead is kind of asking for it. Maybe a Dennis Quaid, yes, but Randy Quaid, I don't think so. Plus, it just sounds cheesy. Better to go down in flames in Seatlle than have the NY Times laugh at you when you open on Broadway.

17 comments:

Les Suckno For President said...

This is funny as hell. GO RANDY GO!

jlb said...

Xenu is calling....I think they'd fit right in at the center.

Twisted Sister said...

Remember the old days, when Randy was considered the sane one?

captivagrl said...

that's f**ked up and funny as hell!

lyz said...

That is hilarious! What drugs do you think Randy is on???

But I do feel bad for the 76 y/o receptionist. And why isn't she retired?

lainiekazan said...

I had read about the lobby fight, but I didn't know it was for a scheduled hearing. This is really, really bad -- but I'm not clear why anyone would do business with Evi/Randy given (at least) her unstable history. And losing the $6.5M? Somethin' hinkty there; where was the producer's short list for lead replacements? Don't tell me they didn't have one (again) knowing Evi's history.

Also -- CryBabyCry is closed, per Datalounge yesterday.

Allie said...

Evi needs an ass-whuppin' for kicking a senior citizen in the shins. Did they tote her off to jail for that???

Merlin D. Bear said...
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Merlin D. Bear said...

All together now...
"Springtime for Hitler and Germany is heeeeeeere"

Investing 6.5 million on Randy Quaid as a lead?

Can you say "The Producers" ?

Yellow Rose said...

Wow...I sure am proud he's from Houston (please read that with all the sarcasm that's intended). Talk about "home town boy done-gone crazy" v. "home town boy done good" as Cousin Eddie. Thank God for Dennis (& Patrick Swayze ;)), we're always happy to claim them as our own.

WriterMommy said...

I can't believe that there would be $6.5 million invested into the play without some kind of understudy or replacement for Randy. That's just pissing your money away.

crichmond1000@yahoo.com said...

Famous people can go crazy, too. They just don't have to stay in the hospital. If this story had regular people's names in it and was about working at McDonald's or an insurance company somewhere, these two would be on a bus to the state hospital.
Nazi plot...whatever. That's straight up delusional.

Twisted Sister said...

CRichmond said:
" If this story had regular people's names in it and was about working at McDonald's or an insurance company somewhere, these two would be on a bus to the state hospital."


Or we'd elect one of them President.

Majik said...

MERLIN!!

I was thinkin' EXACTLY the same thing (or singing...lol).

Majik said...

Deutschland is happy....and gaaaaaaaaaaay....

crichmond1000@yahoo.com said...

twisty: so true

Moonmaid said...

Twisted Sister said...

Remember the old days, when Randy was considered the sane one?

8:54 AM
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TS - LOL - I was just about to type the same thing!!

Dennis sobered up and Randy sounds like he's been hitting the crack pipe!