Saturday, September 18, 2004

Actor arrested; lobsters OK


'Terminator' star kept taking them out of store's tank

By Jim Hannah
Enquirer staff writer

FLORENCE - Indie film star Edward Furlong has found a new role - lobster liberator.

Perhaps best known as John Conner in the box office hit Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the slender vegetarian and animal-rights activist was charged with alcohol intoxication Wednesday night after police said he was caught taking lobsters out of a tank at a Meijer store.

The 27-year-old darling of independent filmmakers acted "goofy" but harmless, the jailer said Thursday.

Police were called to the Houston Road store at 11:04 p.m., said Lt. John McDermond.

"Mr. Furlong and his friends would not stop taking the lobsters out of the tank," McDermond said. But the officer isn't sure the actor's goal was to free the crustaceans. "He seemed to be playing with them more," McDermond said.

Furlong is in Northern Kentucky shooting an independent film called Jimmy and Judy, about two teens on the run.

Police found Furlong unsteady on his feet, smelling of alcohol and arguing with store clerks, a report stated. Furlong "began to turn around in circles" when an officer tried to frisk him, the report states.

Furlong , was taken to the Boone County jail.

He spent about 45 minutes in custody, until Burlington resident Robin Schroder, sister of one of the filmmakers, paid $29 in court costs. A condition of his release was to commit "no further offenses" in Kentucky. Furlong must still pay a $171.50 fine or appear in court Oct. 1.

Some of Furlong's films

• Animal Factory, 2000

• Detroit Rock City, 1999

• American History X, 1998

• Pecker, 1998

• Terminator 2 - Judgment Day, 1996

Source: Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com)

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Enquirer reporters Margaret McGurk and Andrea Remke contributed. E-mail jhannah@enquirer.com




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