Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Holy Crap! I didn't know Morpheus married Zoe!
[Octo: Good morning! JPX's work computer is screwing with him and he asked me to post the Guillermo del Toro story below, then I couldn't resist posting more. I wouldn't have bothered with this one about poor Laurence Fishburne dealing with a crazy person except that the last line revealed (to me) that he's married to Gina Torres, pictured above as Zoe from Firefly. Kaboing! Since I'm a nut about Firefly I'm using this as an excuse to plug it. If you haven't seen it, see it! Octopunk, out!]
From Yahoo News: Laurence Fishburne has been granted a temporary restraining order against an ex-convict who claims to own the actor's home.
Anthony Francis even went to the Hollywood property on New Year's Day to try to evict the 51-year-old star.
The order requires Francis, whose real name is Mark Francisco, to stay 100 metres away from the actor, his 43-year-old wife and their daughter.
Francisco was sentenced to two years in prison for a cyberstalking conviction in records show he spent time in a mental hospital for that case.
He had pleaded no contest to cyberstalking after being found competent to go on trial. He also has a 1993 conviction for burglary in San Diego, court records show.
Francisco went to the Oscar-nominated actor's home on January 1 and told his wife Gina Torres that they were living there illegally.
Police were called, and based on Francisco's agitated state and criminal history they advised Fishburne to seek a restraining order.
Francisco also left a handwritten letter threatening to evict the the couple and called police in recent days to try to get them to leave. Attempts to reach Francisco for comment were unsuccessful.
According to court papers lodged by the star, he and his wife have owned their home for 10 years.
"This is a case of stalking, and the judge had no problem in issuing a temporary restraining order to stop it," said Fishburne's lawyer, Donald Etra.
The temporary restraining order will be followed up by a court hearing on January 23 to determine whether it should be extended for three years.
Fishburne starred as Morpheus in The Matrix series and was nominated for a best actor Oscar in 1993 for What's Love Got To Do With It.
His wife is an actress, appearing in 24 and other television series such as Alias and sci-fi cult hit Firefly.