You don’t hear much from Owen Wilson these days, but he is indeed still working. In fact, he was recently in Thailand filming the upcoming thriller No Escape, and things got a bit too real when it came to the authorities, and Owen almost ended up in jail over it. It was all one big misunderstanding, of course, and all’s well that ends well, but I’d have been shitting myself if I was in his position. I saw Brokedown Palace, I’m good.
From the New York Post:
Wilson plays Jack Dwyer, an American businessman thrust into action-hero mode when a violent coup breaks out in an unidentified Asian country. While the movie was in production, Thailand was in the midst of unrest that would eventually lead to a coup d’état. Wilson got caught up in the middle of it.
On his last day there, he posed in a picture with fans who put a red, white and blue whistle around his neck for the photo. Unbeknownst to the actor, the whistle’s colors identified him as siding with anti-government protesters.
“The production office got a call from the prime minister’s office . . . they were angry and were gonna detain me,” Wilson tells The Post. “Luckily, I had already left, [but] it would [have been] a good story for the talk shows — though there’s a fine line between being in a good story, and being in a Thai prison.”
Yikes. Like I said, I would have been terrified. It’s kind of my personal nightmare to end up wrongfully imprisoned in any Eastern country (well, in any country, but you know what I mean), but glad he managed to get out okay.
Also, I still want to say “Hansel… he’s so hot right now” every time I see him. Can’t help it.