Saturday, May 18, 2024

Steve Buscemi Gets Punched in Face by Crazy Guy on Street But Recovering Well in NY Fashion


Thank goodness Steve Buscemi is ok.

The beloved star of “Fargo,” Boardwalk Empire,” “The Sopranos,” and dozens of other hit movies and TV shows was randomly punched by some nut job on the street last week.

All the reports say that despite being taken to Bellevue Hospital (he was in the area) with injuries, Buscemi is making a full recovery.

Did his attacker recognize Buscemi and not like his films? Impossible. Everyone loves Steve who, in addition to be a fine actor, has been a huge supporter of the FDNY.

It could have been worse: in “Fargo,” his character wound up memorably in a wood chipper.

Coincidentally, another fine actor from “Boardwalk Empire” — Michael Stuhlberg — was hit with a rock recently on a run in Central Park. Stuhlbarg nevertheless went on to open on Broadway to rave reviews in “Patriots.” His attacker was caught, and Stuhlbarg has a much deserved Tony nomination.

“Buscemi was assaulted in Mid-Town Manhattan, another victim of a random act of violence in the city,” his publicist said in a statement.

“He is ok and appreciates everyone’s well wishes, though incredibly sad for everyone that this has happened to while also walking the streets of NY,” the statement said.

People ask me, Is this a common thing in New York? No, it is not. But there are a lot of mentally ill people wandering around, and you have to steer clear of them.

Luckily, Mayor Eric Adams is on a jaunt to Rome this week, so he won’t have to deal with this.

Speedy recovery to Steve!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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