Jewish World Review Nov. 17, 2004 / 4 Kislev, 5765
Tom Hanks for president?; a voice for Jacko gets an earful; more
Is weirdly quirky television actor Vincent D'Onofrio doing OK?
Late Monday night, the "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" star who spent three days in the hospital last week after suffering multiple fainting spells during filming in New York fainted again, this time off the set.
The 45-year-old D'Onofrio had to be rushed to a nearby hospital, where he is currently undergoing observation and testing.
This column hears that the actor who plays homicide detective Robert Goren on the hit TV series in its second season has undergone a battery of tests, including an MRI, but has not yet been diagnosed with any illness or condition.
According to a show insider: "The problem is that they haven't figured out what's wrong with Vincent yet whether it's a serious health problem or something psychosomatic or what. He won't be back at work until Monday at the earliest, and we could possibly shut down for a few weeks."
Stopping production for that long could spell trouble for NBC's primetime Sunday lineup, given that "Criminal Intent," the newest installment in the 13-year-old Law & Order franchise, has shot just eight out of this season's 22 episodes.
"Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf was unavailable for comment Tuesday, but this column hears that after this Sunday's original episode, the show was already scheduled to go into reruns through December and there's enough in the can to last through January.
D'Onofrio doesn't have a personal publicist, and Tuesday a rep for the show e-mailed: "He suffered another fainting incident late yesterday, and has returned to the hospital for further observation and testing. He's in good spirits, and producers are optimistic he'll be released soon."
A VOICE FOR JACKO GETS AN EARFUL
Comedian Steve Harvey who's been an avid apologist for Michael Jackson on his morning drive-time radio show is taking heavy fire from listeners for his die-hard support of the 46-year-old accused child molester.
Former fans of "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" which airs on black-oriented stations in Dallas and Los Angeles have bombarded Harvey's office with faxes, phone calls, letters and e-mail calling Harvey a "hypocrite," "two-faced," "obnoxious" and other insults.
"There was an enormous feedback from listeners initially, and most of it was negative," a source at West Coast station 100.3/The Beat told New York Daily News contributor Jawn Murray. "Many listeners felt like this was nothing but propaganda and that Steve operates with double standards."
Harvey isn't taking the flak lying down.
The erstwhile "King of Comedy," who also hosts "Steve Harvey's Big Time" on the WB network, spent two recent radio shows scolding African-Americans for not backing Jackson to the hilt.
"I feel like the African American community has abandoned both Michael and me," Harvey harrumphed.
Harvey's loyalty to Jackson caused him to stop his vocal defense of Eminem against charges of racism.
When the white rap star spoofed Jackson's troubles in his "Just Lose It" music video, Harvey announced on the air, "He's crossed the line. We're taking back his ghetto pass."
Jackson whose 45th-birthday party Harvey hosted last year has been an occasional guest on Harvey's radio show.
QUOTE TO NOTE: On Sunday's "Meet the Press," here's how Ragin' Cajun James Carville answered NBC News type Tim Russert's question about whether President Bush received an electoral mandate: "The only politician in America I know with a man-date is Jim McGreevey, Tim."
TOM HANKS FOR PRESIDENT?: Looks like "Fahrenheit 9/11" director and proud lefty Michael Moore is hatching a scheme to draft Tom Hanks for the White House in 2008.
"We need to find our Arnold," Moore told this column at Sunday's "Hotel Rwanda" premiere, adding that the box-office star is the Democratic Schwarzenegger.
"You know, Americans want to vote for someone that they trust, that they like, that has a friendly face. They don't expect their president to be the one who's actually setting the policy and writing the laws. They know Bush doesn't do that. They want the person in charge, though, to be someone who will make them feel safe and someone who they like and who they trust.
"Americans love celebrities, they love movie stars, and when they get the chance to vote for them, they do."
Hanks, in London promoting "The Polar Express," expressed amusement at Moore's musings but insisted he has no political aspirations.
"That will never, ever, ever happen," Hanks declared through his PR rep.
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