‘Veep’ stars re­spond to Aus­tralian in­jured while laugh­ing

Cape Breton Post - - Arts and Entertainment -

An Aus­tralian law­maker said Fri­day he was stunned that he had grabbed the at­ten­tion of stars of the U.S. tele­vi­sion se­ries “Veep’’ by laugh­ing so hard at an episode of the po­lit­i­cal satire that he choked on his sushi and knocked him­self un­con­scious on a kitchen bench.

Gra­ham Per­rett was left with three stitches un­der a black­ened left eye and sur­gi­cal glue on his split nose after the mishap while re­lax­ing in front of the TV at his home in the east coast city of Bris­bane on Sunday evening.

The 51-year-old op­po­si­tion La­bor Party law­maker said he laughed so hard that he choked on his eel sushi. He sprang from his lounge chair then hit his head on a gran­ite kitchen bench top, break­ing his glasses and knock­ing him­self un­con­scious for a few se­conds.

News of his plight re­ported in The Aus­tralian news­pa­per on Thurs­day drew an in­cred­u­lous re­sponse from “Veep’’ star Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus, who tweeted: “I mean, c’mon, I’m ac­tu­ally hav­ing a hard time be­liev­ing it. But the real ques­tion is — what episode?’’

Per­rett replied that it was the first episode of the new sea­son in which a char­ac­ter, Con­gress­man Jonah Ryan, is caught out fak­ing can­cer by shav­ing his head to milk pub­lic sym­pa­thy. “Pure gold, your high­ness!!!’’ Per­rett tweeted Louis-Drey­fus.

An­other “Veep’’ ac­tor Ti­mothy Si­mons tweeted in re­sponse to Per­rett’s ac­ci­dent: “oh my god. oh my god.’’

“Veep’’ showrun­ner David Man­del told Buz­zfeed he apol­o­gized to Per­rett and to Aus­tralia.

“I would like to make an of­fi­cial state­ment on be­half of ‘Veep’ and the United States,’’ Man­del said. “We would like to apol­o­gize to Aus­tralia, our key ally in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, for writ­ing some­thing that would cause bodily harm to your peo­ple.’’

Per­rett said after all the en­ter­tain­ment ``Veep’’ had pro­vided him, he was glad to give some amuse­ment back to its mak­ers.

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