Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Today's Blind Items - The Stroke

This actor used to be A list. Actually, if you include his franchise, which is all he really did, he was probably A+ list. Movies. On top of the world. Started spending money and doing drugs like crazy. He blew millions of dollars on women and booze and drugs and ended up having a stroke. A bad one. Drug related. The story has always been that he just didn't want to act any longer. Nope. He couldn't. He couldn't remember lines and he had a speech issue and he had trouble with his physical movements. When he was all set to make a comeback in another installment of his franchise he did physical therapy for almost a year before they started shooting, but it just wasn't quite the same. He looked ok, but his timing was off and he couldn't do the same things he did before. He did get a huge paycheck though. Monstrous and blew a lot of it on drugs again and had another stroke. This time he vowed to never use drugs again and is slowly regaining his old form. He has a new woman in his life who also is his sober coach. Our actor is still really young, so hopefully he can get it all together and be back on top like he used to be.

120 comments:

RivenIsAHasBeen said...

NOT GARY BUSEY.

Dena said...

Mark Hammill?

sandybrook said...

Brendan Fraser or Michael Keaton. (Sorry to his biggest fan on this board)

Stranger things have happened said...

Couldn't be Hamill. He has acted in several movies and done lots of voice acting. Busey is a good guess but he isn't that young. I suck at blinds so I have no guess :(

Karen said...

Dena, I thought of him, but he's not that young.

Ray Nicolet said...

Orlando Bloom

Sugar said...

It sounds like his franchise might have been when he was a teen or in his 20's for him to still be really young now. But, I have no guess.

RivenIsAHasBeen said...

@Sandy: NOT BETTLEJUICE

Ray Nicolet said...

Can't be mah boo. He wouldn't be described as 'really young'

RivenIsAHasBeen said...

@Sandy but Brandon Fraser is a really good guess. (My phone has capslockangst issues)

malcam66 said...

Maccauley Culkin

Uhhhh... said...

Shia LaDouche?

spacecowboy78 said...

I thought Orlando Bloom too, but he's worked steadily and actually has two franchises.

RivenIsAHasBeen said...

Ralph Macchio??

sandybrook said...

Well we could count R2D2 or C3PO or Chewbacca because those 3 betches are A++ and have never done shit except a franchise.

Kristin (Wiglet) said...

Alex Winter

Uhhhh... said...

Eh prolly not Shia but the whole franchise thing and not wanting to act was what made me think of him.

beth said...

Vin Diesel. Skipped some of the Fast & Furious movies and then came back. In between did only video games and voice work.

sandybrook said...

I honestly think Fraser would be a better answer then Keaton. I think hes got some troubles. Keaton just didn't work.

MontanaMarriott said...

This is a tough one, Paul Hogan-Crocodile Dundee?

derek harvey said...

Wesley Snipes

Renoblondee said...

Also like Brendan guess unfortunately.

Ray Nicolet said...

blanket!

sandybrook said...

Hogan is really old Montana.
Wesley Snipes has been in jail and just got out Derek

SueRH said...

MacCauley

beth said...

Brendan Fraser is also a good guess. 7 year layoff between Mummy II and Mummy III (after I and II were more-or-less back to back).

snookiemonster said...

Keaton recently did The Other Guys. He was awesome in it. Not him

WareCat said...

#BeetleJuice has a movie coming out w/ Emma Stone.

Ray Nicolet said...

#Birdman

beth said...

Also pro-Brendan: There is definitely a new-ish girlfriend that there have been very recent rumors about him getting engaged to.

Anti-Brendan: How does Gods & Monsters fit in? Filmed post-rehab/pre-second stroke, perhaps?

Ray Nicolet said...

Indeed. Keaton has 3 movies coming out this year, not too shabby!

Kristin (Wiglet) said...

Fraser has been working pretty consistently since the mummy.

MontanaMarriott said...

Not sure about BF per the BI his franchise is the ONLY thing he has done. BF has an extensive resume.

RivenIsAHasBeen said...

@Beth Pitch Black is his other franchise though. I am admittedly a huge Riddick fangirl. Except you know all but the first movie suck.

WareCat said...

#datenite

spacecowboy78 said...

Fraser does have an extensive resume, but the timeline fits with the last Mummy movie, his divorce, new woman, etc. His credits from 03-06 are pretty thin. Voice work and very minor TV/Movie appearances. Pretty steep drop from where he was late 90's early 00's with no real reason.

Kristin (Wiglet) said...

I'll go with whatever Montana comes up with. Homey is masterful at the main blind.

EastCoaster said...

Brilliant guess!

Eros said...

+1:for the vin diesel guess.

The bi says the guy is still very young but there are a bunch of old dude guesses on here. Jus sayin

crila16 said...

Not Keanu Reeves I hope.

spacecowboy78 said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
RivenIsAHasBeen said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
spacecowboy78 said...

Vin Diesel has had steady box office releases for almost 15 years. Like them or not. And technically has 3 franchises if you count the XXX movies.

LottaColada said...

@Crila- you and me both! ♡

katydid said...

I'm throwing my vote into the Fraser ring. The fact the blind refers to blowing tons of money also fits with his child support issues from a few months back.

RivenIsAHasBeen said...

Shit not that it matters but Kane Hodder was mother fuckin Jason Vorhees not Myers. Ugh I can't believe I did that, Kane is the best.

crila16 said...

Can't be Brendan Fraser or Keaton, because they've both been consistently working.

I do like the MacCauley guess and Keanu...and I also like Viggio Mortenson as a guess..

meme deemed said...

Who had a stroke is the key.

None of the following had a stroke: Orlando Bloom, Keanu Reeves, Vin Diesel.

Tricia Shaw said...

Chris Klein

spacecowboy78 said...

I doubt Chris Klein ever had "millions of dollars" to blow on drugs and women. Maybe hundreds of dollars.

sandybrook said...

I like that spacecowboy kinda likes my guess. The OG commenters were saying he was one of the best at the blinds back the other day when his reader pic appeared.

The10thDoctor said...

Chris Tucker.

rolotomassi said...

I was thinking Chris tucker or...

Martin Lawrence

Kristin (Wiglet) said...

Word. Spacecowboy is the Stephen Hawking of blind items. Trying not to get attached in case he leaves us.

Yara B. said...

I think I'll tentatively jump on board the Brenad Fraser train - "monstrous" could allude to Gods and Monsters (UHMAZING movie btw). I'm thrown by "his franchise, which is all he really did," though. He's done plenty of movies.

Chris Tucker is also a great guess (Rush Hour being the franchise).

rolotomassi said...

Kevin Sorbo had allthose heart attacks (Hercules)

Noel said...

The only young actor I can think of who had a few strokes is Frankie Muniz but I can't get him to fit in this blind. I have no other guess.

Sincerely,Your Friend said...

Keanu's speech may be questionable, but that's not due to a stroke, it's due to, liiiike, L.A......ddduuude. Plus, he had done plenty movies and he rides a motorcycle.

Mac??? Nooooo. I hope not. I love him so.

Vin? I'll remain quiet. My mom said I should in this case.

spacecowboy78 said...

Chris Tucker for sure has not done much else really other than the Rush Hour movies, but the blind says A list and A+ list if you include the franchise. If you take away Rush Hour from Chris Tucker, the rest of his credits don't add up to an A list actor.

Kitten Caboodle said...

@rolo +1 on Martin Lawrence

CoBe said...

This is going to be a great reveal.

Unless its Keanu Reeves.

Then it would suck.

Runswithscissors said...

Right, also Keaton has done a lot if voice acting for animated films, mainly Pixar films. Cars movies, Toy Story, etc.

Noel said...

They mention the actor is still really young so I doubt Reeves or Keaton fit

SecondChanceAtLove said...

Stallone? He came back and did the movie with DeNiro and Kevin Hart.

Alaina Reeder said...

I have to words Shia Lebouf...kind of fits...he's A list in my eyes...I hope I get this one because no one else guessed Shia...

Vera Christina said...

Brendan Fraser did a lot of movies aside from his franchise. Otoh, he looks STRANGE now.

rolotomassi said...

my immediate thought of one had a memorable "Comeback" imo is
Jean-Claude Van Damme in VOLVO(?) Commercial!!! my word,what er...'flexibility'..nice visual & he didn't need to say a word or a mumble.

sjgmoney said...

Some of you have reading comprehension issues, the blind clearly says while he had a stroke no one was told that, they were told he just stopped acting.

Mel said...

This seems like it fits Brendan Fraser and the Mummy franchise to a T.

beth said...

I think people are taking the "nothing besides the franchise" part too literally. (Esp since he says A list/A+ w/ franchise... implying he did *something* other than the franchise literally-speaking.) If you look at BF's credits between the two mummies, there is virtually nothing other than voice work and video games (the latter of which might not even have required him to record new material). Enty exaggerates all the time; BF did a couple of other random projects. Only Gs & Ms throws me at all... and the timing on that could fit.

Mz Kitty said...

sadly Keaton was blacklisted from Hollywood, when he wouldn't continue the Batman franchise with the 3rd movie. Lame reason, but I'd be pissed too with sloppy Val Kilmer as the legendary icon

Count Jerkula said...

They say heavy coke use in yer 20s leads to an increased chance of early strokes (40s).

jane3113 said...

I think 10th Doctor got it with Chris Tucker. Nice!

But poor Chris Tucker.

jane3113 said...

Oh and if you go to youtube and search 'Brendan Fraser Golden Globes Retard Clap' you can watch what appears to be a stroke of some sort.

cocokate said...

@spacecowboy HA! i think "young" here means not knocking on hell's door. i like the chris tucker guess, but his new girl aint that new. i think this is fraser

Tina Mallette said...

Voice work is not that easy if you had a stroke that affected your speech - there is a degree of timing there I would think...

crila16 said...

Like the Chris Tucker guess. I was actually thinking about him earlier, but I didn't think he was an A list, so I didn't consider it. Then I just read he was one of the highest paid actors in hollywood at one point. So....I guess he was an A. I only really remember him in the Rush Hour movies. It's got to be him.

Frufra said...

@spacey - hey! Long time no see!

Bunni said...

Chris Tucker went all churchy & didn't want to curse anymore after the Rush Hour movies. His roles dried up because of that.

Its just U said...

Was Josh Hartnett ever in a franchise? He kinda disappeared.
I suppose Sin City has a sequel, but that's not really a franchise.

Never mind, go about yer bidness.

skimpymist said...

Even after all of shia's shenanigans I still find him really cute. The main problem is everything he does is blown out of proportion.

Jacq said...

I thought he was just jacked up from that bad car wreck

The10thDoctor said...

Hi Bunni, I've never seen anything about that on the web but have seen plenty of links about his gambling and drug taking. I found a link today that talks about him in Silver Linings Playbook

The10thDoctor said...

And how he is excited to be reading scripts again because he likes reconnecting with his audience and did so during stand up tours after losing his money. (Sorry hit publish too soon). He also fits perfectly with the ratings. He was the highest paid actor in Hollywood for a bit and did other work but is really known for the Rush Hour movies.

mystic chic said...

I'm with SueRH...McCauley Culkin. Has been a mess for years and looks ill. Home Alone is a franchise.

BitchieMitchie said...

I don't know how this fits into the Fraser guess, but he recently went to court to have his child support lowered. He said he fell off the roof while clearing a branch and injured his back. He claims it has effected his ability to get into shape and do the type of movies he once did.

NaughtyNurse said...

Not Brendan Fraser. He went out with the daughter of a friend of mine for a while. No strokes.

Malibu Borebee said...

Was the daughter of your friend a gay man? That's who Brendan Fraser dates although he marries a beard occasionally.

Count Jerkula said...

I always heard that Tucker couldn't read, that is why he didn't do much.

Friday > Rush Hour.

NaughtyNurse said...

Nope. She was a real girl.

NaughtyNurse said...

Of course that's not to say she wasn't a beard…maybe she was, but he didn't have a stroke, and therefore not two.

astrogirl said...

Same with you Fru how are you?

Danerys Targaryon said...

I am totally on board with the Macauley Culkin guess, he looks the part to a tee, and home alone was his huge franchise and pretty much all he ever did. Plus he is still young-ish

Sunny said...

Well it's not like we haven't tried crossing off the unnessary words from our computer screens with our crayons

Matt said...

it's not Keanu Reeves. he's down here in n.o. doing a movie and looking very good i'm told. (as of last Sat. anyway).

Sunny said...

@Malibu Borebee!!!

StuffandNonsense said...

I think, sadly that it's Macauley.

alice said...

Leonardo DiCaprio

Maz D said...

I know he was in only one of them but what about Edward furlong?

Frufra said...

Fabulous but busy, astro! Summertime craziness - in the best possible way. How's winter treating you down under?

Amy said...

They did do in the past few years both a Home Alone 4 and Home Alone 5, I don't know if they tried to get Macaulay Culkin but the timing is pretty much right -- they might have given him a big advance to make an appearance, he might have tried to clean up his act, it certainly was during the years after he resurfaced

QuietStorm said...

Martin Lawrence. He had a stroke in 1999 and there's eight years between the first and second bad boys movies.

allie said...

Frankie Muniz is a great guess! @Noel

Claudea said...

@Sandybrook Mm I see what you did there... ^_^

Claudea said...

Dammit!!¡ talk about anticlimatic! Grr. I meant this!

Kathy K said...

Why isn't this Macauley? He's still young, would be A+ list for his franchise of Home Alone movies, and clearly has had some kind of medical issue that has reduced him to skin and bones.

Aoife said...

That Martin Lawrence guess seems right Quiet Storm.
Before your post I was leaning to Culkin.

Erik said...

Going with Chris Tucker.

Alabama said...

I just saw him recently. No stroke issues; looked and talked like any normal healthy man his age. Hilarious too.

sugarbread maker said...

Orlando jumped from pirates to lotr.

sugarbread maker said...

I thought he went to jail. Is jail the new stroke??

sugarbread maker said...

And robocock.

sugarbread maker said...

That just made my sleeping dogs freak. . Thanks! !??

Jennx said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Jennx said...

Actually, yeah, this is Mac. It never even occurred to me, but even in his terrific comeback role in 'Saved', he is wheelchair-bound. Regardless, I love him. Glad the blind ends on a happier note.

MovingOn said...

I LOVE Friday! Fri-Day!

el80ne said...

@Alabama You just saw who? Tucker?

I was thinking Martin Lawrence but the dude is 49. It's hard to think of 49 as 'still young'.

So if it's anyone that's been mentioned so far by default it's gotta be McCaulkin.

RivenIsAHasBeen said...

This is not Mac. He was 12 when HA2 was released. Never signed to or paid for the other ones, they wanted him for the 3rd film but he was kinda busy divorcing his parents at the time. He quit acting at 14 because of his Dadager From Hell then spent years in and out of family court. What judge would grant emancipation to a 16 y/o who suffered a drug-related stroke?

RivenIsAHasBeen said...

The above is not to suggest Mac hasn't done drugs, he was arrested for drug possession at some point. But he doesn't fit the timing:

12: Home Alone 2 is released
14: Mac quit acting
16: Mac is emanipated
17: HA3 is released (just for reference, he had no involvement)

Per the BI, the actor blew millions on drugs, had a stroke, then quit acting. Mac had no control over his finances until he was 16, at which point he'd already been retired. His parent's divorce was horrible, he was just an atm to his dad and that's why he walked away.

di butler said...

Lawrence.