Oscar-nominee Randy Quaid, 60, and his wife Evi, 47, have appeared in Canada with a novel claim for refugee protection — claiming that someone is killing off Quaid’s friends and that the couple needs protection from “Hollywood star-whackers.” Evi has a much better sense of taking a good mugshot.
They are to be released from custody on $10,000 bail each pending resolution of their refugee protection in Canada during an immigration hearing on Friday.
They were arrested in Vancouver on immigration violations and said that they fear for their lives after nine close friends of Quaid have recently been “murdered” including actors David Carradine, Heath Ledger and Chris Penn. Carradine was found hanging by a rope in a hotel room in Thailand in a possible accident during a sexual act. Ledger overdosed on a mix of prescription medications in 2008 and Penn died of heart disease in 2006.
That is not the type of stuff that usually makes for an asylum claim. On the other hand, this may be an effort to avoid a criminal charge or immediate deportations — allowing the country to deny the asylum request after a hearing and to deport at a later date. As asylum claimants, they can remain in the country pending resolution of the claims. What is clear is that these claims make for a better movie script than an asylum claim.