You gotta love the blame game. Courtney Love (of all people) is claiming that British comedian Steven Coogan (of 'Alan Partridge,' "24 Hour Party People" fame) is at fault for Owen Wilson's alledged drug problems and suicide attempt.
According to the Daily Mail, Love (who had an affair with Coogan 3 years ago) said, Under normal circumstances I would not comment but I care too much about Owen. I went through it with Steve. 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," Love said. The Mail also reported that Wilson's ex gf, Kate Hudson had banned Coogan and him from hanging out (all the reports claim Wilson had a heroin and coke problemo).
Coogan for his part is now threatening Love with legal action. “These accusations are unfounded, unhelpful and hurtful to all concerned," Coogan told Extra. "We are taking legal advice.”
Meanwhile, the media kept asking questions. Was this alleged suicide attempt the end of Wilson's career? Experts debated this question for less than 24 hours and then decide, hey, guess what? His career will be, ok! (Gee, thanks for that media) USA Today asked, was he a class clown or gasp!, a lost soul? Then all his future projects came into grave, pensive doubt.
Then Wilson dropped out of "Tropic Thunder" a Ben Stiller directed film that was to co-star Steven Coogan.
The worst, most crass and base part of it all is shlocksters like USA Today, US and Extra that are looking at past and future films to find "clues" in Wilson's "cries for help" (and generally looking at Wes Anderson films) They note that there was a suicide scene in "The Royal Tenebaums" (and he co-wrote this movie! the horror!) and that his character in the upcoming "The Darjeeling Limited" suffers a motorcycle accident head wound that may or may not have been a suicide attempt.
It's all just really exasperatingly stupid. This is probably not the right time to put a link up for "Needle In The Hay," right? (oh wait, some other idjit did that).