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Hollywood circled the wagons Monday around Owen Wilson, who was reported to be in good condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. While the details of his hospitalization remained closely guarded, its impact on the currently filming “Tropic Thunder” and the soon-to-be-released “The Darjeeling Limited” could not be immediately assessed, with sources close to the respective projects declining to address the situation.
The actor was taken to St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica late Sunday after police and fire personnel answered a call from his Santa Monica home, responding to what some media reports characterized as a suicide attempt.
“I respectfully ask that the media allow me to receive care and heal in private during this difficult time,” the actor said in a statement released Monday by his publicist Ina Treciokas, who declined to provide further details.
Wilson’s hospitalization could affect several projects. He has been cast in the DreamWorks comedy “Tropic Thunder,” which has begun filming, and his next release, “Darjeeling,” is about to embark on the fall festival circuit before Fox Searchlight releases it Sept. 29.
DreamWorks declined comment on whether the actor is expected to take part in “Thunder” or whether his cameo role could be recast. An ensemble comedy about actors who find themselves in the middle of a war, the film is being directed by Ben Stiller and also stars Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. A DreamWorks spokesman would only say, “Filming on ‘Tropic Thunder’ continues.”
Wilson will next appear onscreen alongside Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman in Wes Anderson’s “Darjeeling,” the tale of three brothers traveling together through India. Following a screening at the Venice Film Festival, the film will play in the opening-night slot at the New York Film Festival.
Whether the actor will participate in any of the activities surrounding the film’s opening remains to be seen, but Treciokas said Wilson already had completed long-lead press commitments on behalf of the film and “he’s always committed to and supports his projects.”
Wilson has a second project awaiting release, Paramount Pictures’ “Drillbit Taylor,” a comedy from producer Judd Apatow, which is scheduled for March 21. In early 2008, he also is scheduled to film Fox 2000’s “Marley & Me,” co-starring with Jennifer Aniston.
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