Wacky Quaids make the pages of Vanity Fair
December 8, 2010
Randy and Evi Quaid, who skipped out on a Santa Barbara court appearance last summer and fled to Canada, convinced that “Star Whackers” are out to get them, have been officially dubbed “Hollywood’s Craziest Couple.” [Vanity Fair]
The veteran actor and his artist wife literally bare all in the new, detailed magazine profile written by Nancy Jo Sales, who spent several days with the couple in Vancouver.
The opening paragraphs gives you a flavor of what is to follow:
“Evi Quaid called from a pay phone in Vancouver to say that she and her husband, Randy, the actor, had tried to drive to Siberia, but they “couldn’t figure out how to get there.” She said, “We’re running for our lives.” She wanted me to meet them the next day in Vancouver’s Chinatown—which couldn’t be arranged any other way, as the Quaids don’t use cell phones anymore, because, Evi said, “they’re tracking us.”
“I found the Quaids sitting in their car outside a Chinese tearoom on a block glowing with red and yellow neon lights. Nobody was around. It was night. Their car, a black Prius, was crammed with stuff—clothes, coats, shoes, papers, a pillow, blankets, and an excitable Australian cattle dog named Doji, who was hoarse from barking while he was in the pound when his owners were being detained by Canadian immigration.
“The car smelled of fast food and dog pee and Randy’s cigars. I asked the Quaids if they were living in their car. “Only on nights when we’re too terrified to leave our stuff or don’t feel secure,” Evi said.”
it gets worse. Sales provides a detailed timeline of how Randy and Evi first got together and how their relationship evolved over the years, along with a series of financial and professional problems that ended up in their Santa Barbara legal trouble.
Little known fact: Evi Quaid directed her husband and Michael Caine in a 1999 movie, The Debtors. Release of the movie was eventually was blocked by their investors, who objected to a scene involving a “squirting rubber penis.”
Evi Quaid remains convinced that a conspiracy exists to kill off actors for insurance money, including Jeremy Piven, David Carradine, and Chris Penn.
The couple, when not living in their car, stay with their Canadian immigration attorney at her house in Vancouver. The Quaids are continuing to ask for asylum in Canada. Their attorney wants Randy Quaid to return to Santa Barbara to face charges stemming from house squatting in Montecito.