Austin Powers Actor Verne Troyer has been hospitalized, and is being held in his Los Angeles hospital for 72 hours in order to go through proper evaluation. Police responded to a call at 7:30 PM last night from Troyer's friend, claiming that the actor was drunk, angry, and suicidal. The police, fire department and ambulance quickly arrived at the scene, and Troyer was transported promptly to the hospital.
Alcoholism isn't anything new in Troyer's life, unfortunately, as he has struggled in the past. One year ago this week, Troyer was previously hospitalized for his alcohol addiction. The actor received the proper treatment and then entered rehab in order to take action against his alcoholism. This morning, following the reports of his hospitalization, Verne Troyer's instagram page posted a report on the actor.
"Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He's getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably. Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here."
No reports have been released since regarding the actor's well being, but based on the report from his Instagram, it is safe to say that Verne Troyer is going to make it out of this one alive and well. There is no word yet on whether or not the actor will return to rehab, but we can hope that his family will push him to get the best treatment possible for his condition, whatever that may be.
Verne Troyer is most easily recognized for his role in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember, where he played "Mini-Me," the small, villainous clone of Dr. Evil. This was the role that really broke Troyer into the acting business. While he had a number of acting roles before this, none were nearly as big as Mini-Me.
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Troyer also appeared as the goblin Griphook in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. However, Troyer did not return to play Griphook in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 or Part 2, and was instead replaced by Warwick Davis, who had appeared as a different goblin in the first movie, and as Professor Flitwick in the other movies in the franchise.
Troyer's latest work was on the horror / comedy movie Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks, which is currently in post production and is set to release later this year. In the movie, Troyer plays a character named "Emperor Beezel-Chugg," and is actually the only actor appearing on the movie's poster.
Hopefully, Verne Troyer recovers safely and healthily. He is fortunately in a very safe location and, according to the report from TMZ, is set for a smooth recovery. While this is certainly not the first case of an actor facing alcoholism hitting the news in recent years, it is always troubling to hear about something like this. Verne Troyer has become arguably iconic over the years, with his "Mini-Me" character being the highlight of the latter two Austin Powers movies. Our thoughts go out to Troyer and his family as the recovery process begins.