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Randy Quaid and wife making movie about 'star whackers'

Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi have been documenting their life on the run and will present a work-in-progress screening of the film next month in Vancouver. Evi Quaid is calling her docudrama Star Whackers, the term the Quaids have been using to describe what they allege is a conspiracy to kill Hollywood stars.

The story has Randy Quaid being targeted by assassins who "plot his demise and hunt him so to appropriate for themselves his value as a movie star," according to a summary. "Stars Randy Quaid in three roles!"

The unfinished work will be presented at the Rio Theatre on April 22, in a double bill with the 2008 film Real Time, which stars Randy Quaid. The films will be followed by a Q&A with Randy and Evi Quaid.

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"This is a work in progress and highly experimental with nudity, adult language and content throughout," reads Evi Quaid's artist statement. "For the first time I would like an audience reaction to my art as a work in progress, so I may understand its content through other eyes."

The Quaids arrived in Vancouver last October, and were arrested on outstanding warrants for misdemeanours in California. They sought refugee status, telling officials they were seeking protection from "star whackers" they said were murdering Hollywood celebrities.

Evi Quaid, whose father is Canadian, has since been granted Canadian citizenship and she is sponsoring her husband.

The Rio's website advertises: "Outlaws on the run? Or victims in danger from a bizarre shadowy conspiracy called the Star Whackers? You be the judge. ALL your questions will be answered!"

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Marsha Lederman is the Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail, based in Vancouver. She covers the film and television industry, visual art, literature, music, theatre, dance, cultural policy, and other related areas. More

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