George Takei on Artie Lange

by admin on July 4, 2013

George Takei discusses his unlikely friendship with Artie Lange, formerly of The Howard Stern Show. When Takei started to become a regular guest and eventually the announcer on Stern, he and Lange bonded rather quickly.

“He’s a funny guy and he’s a very original guy,” Takei said. “A guy who has a lot of demons. And again, he’s a flawed human being. I love the guy. He’s basically a very decent guy.

“He plays that New Jersey macho guy. Sports-loving, beer-swilling and yeah, other problems,” Takei continued, alluding to Lange’s well-documented struggle with heroin addiction. “But demons have a way of suddenly overtaking him.”

In early 2010, Lange stabbed himself nine times with a 13-inch knife.

“That attempt at self mutilation,” Takei remembered. “It was horrific. Blood spattered all over that apartment. I tried to get in touch with him and got no response. So finally I wrote to his sister. And his sister said he was healing. He was in a sanitarium and isolating himself.”

Takei had only one message for his friend:

“I told him that we love him. We used to talk regularly but I haven’t gotten any communication since [the suicide attempt]. But he has a lot of things haunting him. Maybe what he did has given him a guilt thing about it. That’s why, I think, Howard’s still a little skittish about it. Because Artie’s so volatile and explosive.”

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