Ah yes, the drunken outburst on a plane. In Hollywood, it’s a sure way to land a ticket to (or in Jonathan Rhys-Meyers‘ case back to) rehab. Rhys-Meyers’ recent outburst was not just an alcohol-fueled diva parade, rather it was an alcohol-fueled racist tirade, and it sounds like his people have stepped in and have gently suggested he clean himself up to prevent this from happening again.
A source told People “This has been an ongoing battle for him,” and he will enter rehab in London again soon. This will be his second attempt at getting clean, the actor first entered rehab in 2007, but has since been involved in several boozy airport incidents. So is this guy a drunk, or just a nervous traveler? Maybe he should just get a scrip for Xanax when he flies, seems like that would help.
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If you see Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in an airport, run. The Tudors actor was banned from United Airlines earlier this month after a violent episode at JFK that may have been even sadder than we knew. Initial reports had Rhys-Meyers, a frequent rehab resident, “pounding drinks” before 7am at the airport lounge and wilding out in line for the plane. Now Radar says his drunken ranting included the “n”-word, though witnesses were unclear whether he was referring to an individual or just shouting it out for the world to enjoy. Good news, Jonathan—they have rehab for that now, too!
This is hardly the first time the Velvet Goldmine star has had trouble flying the friendly skies, getting arrested for belligerence at airports in both Dublin and Paris over the last three years. “I didn’t start drinking until I was 25,” the 32-year-old told an Irish newspaper last year (Rhys-Meyers has not commented on this latest episode). “Since then I’ve been drunk maybe a dozen and a half times. When I do I’m like Bambi. I’m all over the place, hopeless, like a 16-year-old kid. People notice.” Maybe Bambi needs to stay away from the airport lounge from now on.
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Last night was a cold one in New York, and it seemed like the bigger the star attending Thursday’s From Paris With Love, the less they were willing to hide it. Star John Travolta and guest Hugh Jackman both posed on the red carpet from under winter coats, while starlets shivered in wait to show off designer dresses (co-star Jonathan Rhys-Meyers split the different in a suit). Among the other guests were Ice-T, Coco, James Lipton, Hairspray‘s Nikki Blonsky and—in the coolest pairing of the night—John Waters and his former Serial Mom, Kathleen Turner. Hey, when’s the musical adaptation of that coming out?
Some people take pills when they fly, but Jonathan Rhys Meyers medicates the old fashioned way before a flight, by getting stinking drunk. While waiting for a flight at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport on Saturday, Rhys Meyers allegedly punched an employee at an airport bar because he was refused any more booze. After being cut off by his waiter, Rhys Meyers got into an argument with the bar’s manager and took a swing at another employee who intervened in the scuffle. He was placed in police custody for several hours and will have to appear at a tribunal to answer to the charges against him, which include assault and issuing death threats. Yikes.
The talented Tudors actor was arrested for public intoxication in 2007 and entered rehab that year to deal with his issues. Sadly, it looks like it might be time for rehab stint #2. [Source: People; Photo: FilmMagic]
You know that “going to rehab” has ceased to be anything unusual in the world of pop culture when someone famous checks out without ever having being noticed checking in. The Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers has apparently left The Causeway rehab facility in Britain after checking in for his long-running alcohol problems, and is now back in L.A.
“He recognized that he needed help and hopefully now he is back on the straight and narrow. It is something that he finally accepted within himself that he has to deal with. [Jonathan] will continue to get help now and the people around him will work to keep him going on the right track,” reports a friend.
Sorry for not noticing you, Jonathan. But as an Irishman, it’s quite neat timing that you’re out in time for Paddy’s Day, no? Oh. Sorry again.