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Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 10/26/2010

Randy and Evi Quaid remain in Canadian jail

By Jen Chaney

Update: Despite earlier reports that they had been released on bail, Randy and Evi Quaid will remain locked up -- safe from "star whackers" (see below) -- in a Vancouver jail until a hearing scheduled for Thursday.

"They remain in detention," Canada Borders Services Agency spokesman Shakila Manzoor told the Globe and Mail newspaper late Monday. She did not detail why the couple was held despite a hearing last week in which they were cleared for release on $10,000 bail each.

In other news, officials at the City of Vancouver animal shelter confirmed that a puppy traveling with the Quaids has been taken to an animal shelter.

Source: The Globe and Mail

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Originally posted October 25, 2010 at 11:20 AM ET:


The letter held up in court by the Quaids' attorney. (AP/The Canadian Press)

The story of Randy and Evi Quaid -- which has previously made stops at bizarre, freaky, too legally complicated to follow and laugh-out-loud funny -- has finally landed at just plain sad.

After being detained in Vancouver last week following their latest effort to skip a court hearing (this time on charges of felony vandalism), the actor and his wife are reportedly convinced that they are the next targets in a scheme to murder Hollywood stars.

As the New York Post reported, during a hearing Friday before Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board, the couple wrote on a piece of paper -- shared by their lawyer -- that "Yes we are requesting asylum from Hollywood 'STAR WHACKERS'."

Among the stars these so-called whackers have allegedly, um, whacked? Quaid's "Brokeback Mountain" co-star Heath Ledger (who died, according to autopsy results, of accidentally overdosing on prescription drugs) and David Carradine (who, according to a private autopsy, died of asphyxiation).

It's tempting to take this latest bat-bleep nutty information and make another round of Cousin Eddie jokes. But if there was any doubt before, it's now abundantly clear: these two have some mental health issues and need help.

They've been released on $20,000 bond and are supposed to report for an Oct. 28 hearing in Canada. But, as Radar Online points out, they also are expected at a hearing back in Santa Monica on the 26th, to deal with those vandalism charges and their alleged attempt at squatting in a guest house. Given their carelessness about appearing court in the past, jail time might seem like the next inevitable step, especially since Evi Quaid remains on probation for that guilty plea on charges of defrauding an innkeeper. (I know. It's a lot to keep track of. This primer may clarify.)

But instead of putting one or both of them in the slammer, they should be remanded into some kind of psychological treatment. If they start thinking more clearly, it seems like all these problems with the law might magically stop.

By Jen Chaney  | October 26, 2010; 11:31 AM ET
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Comments

Cutting off their drug supply would be a start toward clearer thinking. Not sure jail would do that for them.

There is the obvious problem of their conclusion that they are "stars." Of course, as an avid DWTS watcher, my def of who is and who is not a star is obviously flexible.

Also, their assumption that Star Whackers do not strike in Canada is subject to question.

Posted by: reddragon1 | October 25, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes if they got David Carradine in Thailand, British Columbia is not likely to be the most secure hideaway.

Posted by: HardyW | October 25, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I think both of them are whackadoodle. However, they have accused their manager of embezzling from them. Other stars have had their managers embezzle (Leonardo DiCaprio springs immediately to mind). I can totally see someone killing to keep a secret like stealing money from clients. Of course, just because I can see it doesn't mean it is true in this case.

Posted by: epjd | October 25, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Interesting read. "Two Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest / Can a married couple like Randy and Evi Quaid go insane together?"
http://www.slate.com/id/2272286?wpisrc=xs_wp_0001

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 26, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Uh, don't you actually have to be a star (not just a whacko) to become the intended victim of a Hollywood star whacker?

Posted by: kabuki3 | October 26, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

reddragon, Randy Quaid can be reasonably argued as being a star, based on his film and TV output.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 26, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Undoubtedly Quaid was good in "The Long Riders" and as LBJ on TV, not to mention his small part in Brokeback Mountain.

Maybe Canada can get them the help they couldn't get here.

And the puppy is no doubt better off.

Posted by: reddragon1 | October 26, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

reddragon, Randy Quaid also starred on the short-lived sit-com "Davis Rules," which introduced the gifted Bonnie Hunt, and won the sublime Jonathan Winters and Emmy for Supporting Actor.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 26, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

reddragon, Randy Quaid also starred on the short-lived sit-com "Davis Rules," which introduced the gifted Bonnie Hunt, and won the sublime Jonathan Winters an Emmy for Supporting Actor.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 26, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

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