William H. Macy Nearly Arrested For Inhabiting His Role Too Well
William H. Macy turns 64 today, and he’s been very well preserved, except for when he plays Frank Gallagher on Shameless. If you’re not watching Shameless, 1) you should be, it’s amazing, and 2) this is what Macy’s character looks like:
The photo above is actually on a good day. Lately, as his character succumbs to liver failure (and hopefully dies), he’s been looking even worse for wear, which is why he was nearly arrested in Chicago the other day after being mistaken for a vagrant.
“During an outdoor location shoot downtown, Bill needed to take a quick potty break — but rather than walk way back to his dressing trailer, he ducked into a nearby restaurant,” a source said.
“Making his way to the restroom area, he was stopped by two Chicago policemen who’d spotted his wild, dirty hair and ratty clothing, assumed he was a drunken vagrant - and were ready to escort him out the door!”
Macy was amused at first, and joked with the officers.
“Hey, I really look the part, right?”” he said.
Then, realizing the cops were dead serious, he quickly explained who he was — and that he plays a drunk on a TV show.
Luckily, an assistant director walked into the restaurant just then and confirmed Macy’s identity to the cops, who released their grip and apologized.
That must be both flattering and mildly insulting, as it means that police officers not only don’t recognize him as William H. Macy but don’t watch Shameless, despite it being filmed in their own city.
In either case, happy birthday to William Macy.