Owen Wilson leaves flick, has bad friends
A day after DreamWorks said the shooting schedule for the Ben Stiller-directed comedy Tropic Thunder was still on track, both Variety and the Hollywood Reporter say Owen Wilson will not appear in the film.
Citing unnamed sources, the pubs say both Stiller and Wilson mutually agreed to the withdrawal, which doesn’t mean much since Owen only had a small part in the movie, which stars Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. The change amounts to a week of work for Wilson, who was hospitalized Sunday after an apparent suicide attempt (his people still haven’t confirmed the cause, though).
As far as gossipy news goes, the New York Post says the 38-year-old actor was so hooked on coke and smack that it caused his Memorial Day breakup with Kate Hudson, which apparently led to his recent downward spiral. His pals say Wilson’s friend, fellow actor Steve Coogan (pictured at right, from Night at the Museum and Hot Fuzz), is mostly to blame for the habit.
“I went through it with Steve,” former Coogan girlfriend Courtney Love told Us Weekly. “I was just out of rehab, and he was right there with the drugs. I tried to warn Owen. I tried to warn his friends. I hope from the bottom of my heart that Owen stays the hell away from that guy.” Don’t believe Mrs. Cobain? Fine, listen to people so close to Owen they won’t even give their names!
“Owen went to Maui, Hawaii, to kick his habit,” a friend said, referring to an intervention at Woody Harrelson’s house (you know times are tough when a weed-head like that runs your intervention). “He was like a baby on that couch.” The same unnamed source goes on to say that Wilson “disappeared off the face of the earth” when Hudson broke up with him.
“I thought, briefly, he might be back on heroin, but we all really felt he’d kicked that ages ago,” the friend said. Hudson had even apparently banned the dastardly Coogan from the house while she and Owen were dating, but it all proved to be too much for their relationship. Kate’s recent fling with Dax Shepard had apparently caused Wilson to go off the deep end.
“Seeing her happy with someone else partly made him happy that she’d found that, but made him hate himself so much more that he could never do it,” another friend of Owen’s told Us.
So today’s lesson is, stay away from British comedians!
[Photos: With brothers Andrew and Luke at top. Getty Images]