|Jason London: Dazed, Confused|
For years, it seemed as though Jeremy London was the troubled twin, as he had a troubled and possibly violent marriage and a history of drug abuse. Apparent good twin Jason even seemed ready to disown his brother when Jeremy appeared on Celebrity Rehab. However, these days Jason is the one in the tabloids after a drunken night in Arizona produced one of the most embarrassing celebrity mug shots ever!
London Twin Is Falling Down
Okay, first things first: which London twin is which? It’s difficult to tell them apart, especially now that they both have legal issues, but Jeremy London is best known for co-starring in I’ll Fly Away, Party of Five (as Neve Campbell’s character’s boyfriend), and Mallrats. Jason London is best known for starring as Randall “Pink” Floyd in Dazed and Confused, Safe Passage, and a slew of made-for-TV movies, including the so-bad-it’s-awesome Friends ‘Til The End with Shannen Doherty. Until now, it seemed that Jason was the long-suffering good brother while Jeremy was the troubled bad boy.
However, last week in Arizona, Jason London allegedly started a bar fight at Scottsdale’s Martini Ranch, and a chain of events followed which apparently resulted in him vengefully unloading his bowels in a police car. Arizona doesn’t seem to have a specific criminal offense for “malicious pooping,” so the arresting officers wisely went with a charge of disorderly conduct. Reports also indicated that the actor went with the old “do you know who I am?” approach upon being arrested, and that he used homophobic slurs against the police.
It’s unclear how the fight started — some reports indicate that Jason sneezed on another bar patron, while others state that Jason himself said the patron imagined Jason was coming on to his girlfriend. However it began, it certainly appears from photos released afterward that Jason got the worst of it, as his ordinarily photogenic face was bruised, swollen and disfigured. London’s representatives alleged that he did not instigate the violence and instead he was brutally attacked, until and after he lost consciousness. They cited the lack of bruises on his hands as evidence, although certainly that could also indicate that an intoxicated London was unable to land a punch.
Jeremy Beats the Charges
In 2010, when recovering prescription drug addict Jeremy London claimed that several men kidnapped him and his wife, drove them around Los Angeles, and forced them to do drugs before stealing their car, the world at large raised a collective skeptical eyebrow. Even his mother and his twin brother publicly expressed doubt in Jeremy’s story, but eventually one of the kidnappers actually submitted a guilty plea, and Jeremy was vindicated. Recently, he also completed a court-ordered anger management program stemming from last year’s charge of domestic violence against his wife, and now those charges are resolved. Not that anyone wants to see his brother in the news for messing himself in a cop car, but there must be a twinge of gratification for Jeremy in finally being the London twin who is not currently facing criminal charges.
TV Movie in the Works?
If this were a soap opera, clearly we would one day learn that the brother in the bar fight was actually Jeremy impersonating Jason, in a dramatic revelation underscored by a suspenseful soundtrack. Alas, the best we can hope for here is a television movie about the troubled twins. Jason will likely recover from this embarrassing incident, and if the two brothers keep their noses clean, we can expect to see more of them in SyFy creature features for years to come.