|Randy and Evi Quaid, 1993, Life Magazine|
Everyone is entitled to be weird. And they may have been weird from day one. But this has gone beyond weird:
Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi are seeking asylum in Canada, claiming they are being persecuted in the US.
The couple were arrested in Vancouver on Thursday on US warrants related to vandalism charges, issued last week after they missed a court appearance.
"We feel our lives are in danger," Evi Quaid told an immigration adjudicator.
Their lawyer showed the media a handwritten statement, in which the Quaids said they were "requesting asylum from Hollywood 'star whackers'."
Last month the Quaids were charged by US police with illegal occupation of their former home in Santa Barbara, California.
When they failed to show up in court to answer those charges last Monday, a warrant was issued for their arrest.That's not the half of it:
At Friday's immigration hearing, Evi Quaid alleged that a number of her husband's actor friends - among them Heath Ledger and David Carradine - had been killed in recent years.
"Randy has known eight close friends murdered in odd, strange manners," she said in what the Reuters news agency called a "rambling" presentation. "We feel that we're next."
Ledger, with whom Quaid appeared in Brokeback Mountain, died in January 2008 from an accidental overdose.