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2013-02-16 09:01:48 PM  
7 votes:

Colour_out_of_Space: Child support should be based on what the kids need, rather than how much the parent may be able to afford.


It's also based on maintaining the lifestyle that the child is used to, provided the non-custodial parent *can* pay for it. That being said, I had a friend years ago who was living in his truck homeless due to child support payments. He had gone to court multiple times to get it reduced, and the judge literally told him that a place to live was not 'a necessity'. Mutual friends allowed him to use their apartment for the weekends he had the boys (or he'd get a cheap hotel, he NEVER had them sleep in the truck). His ex-wife cheated on him with his best friend, and made substantially more money than he did. She was doing this to him because she could, and actually felt JUSTIFIED in doing so.

I have a background in clinical psych. and his sheer farking hatred of his ex was poisoning his kids. He wasn't consciously badmouthing her, but he was doing it all the time. It was making the boys anxious. I'll tell you what a good father this man was, he listened to what I had to say, heard it, and modified his behavior. I never heard him say another bad thing about their mother in their presence again.

But my other prediction was right. Kids grew up, and figured out the real score without dad having to say a thing. They do not speak to their stepfather, and their relationship with their mother is strained because she spent those years still treating them like a tool to fark with her ex.

They adore their father, he's their hero. And he busted his ass to be a great dad in all the ways that truly matter. And it isn't money.

Anyway, I was like 19 when I knew Mark (guy with the kids) and it opened my eyes to the absolute batshiattery of the family courts. I give the same advice to everyone with kids in a breakup...do everything you possibly can for your kids, and don't discuss relationship details with them while they are kids. They don't need to know who did what to whom. They don't need to be pushed into taking any sides. The goal is supposed to be to raise healthy, sane, people who can take care of themselves and be reasonably happy. Remember?

/has no kids. Will never have any.
2013-02-16 05:58:54 PM  
4 votes:
$900K in child support?
 Damn, the price of Froot Loops, skateboards, and tuition must have skyrocketed since the last time I looked.
2013-02-16 05:36:33 PM  
4 votes:
Don't care, he was the shiz in School Ties, and that's a fact.
2013-02-16 08:47:29 PM  
3 votes:

mikefinch: This is the reason Dave Foley can't come back to Canada -- His alimony is set from when he was doing news radio and his career was bright and rosy.

www.vegasnews.com




He is handling it as well as he can given the circumstances.
2013-02-16 07:05:54 PM  
3 votes:
I prefer to remember him as such:

www.moviestarspicture.com
2013-02-16 05:10:41 PM  
3 votes:
This might explain his choice of roles in the past decade. This dude is taking on jobs that even Nicolas Cage and Eugene Levy would pass on.
2013-02-17 09:33:07 AM  
2 votes:

Bigedmond: HAHA, suckers.  My ex was dumb enough to get knocked up before the divorce proceedings, and i got out of all child support because she wanted the divorce over quickly.  So she gave into all my demands, No child support, Joint legal and physical custody.  Like a BOSS


Way to not support your kids. I'm sure they're so proud of the daddy who brags to random strangers on the internet about how he doesn't care enough to man the fark up and take responsibility. No matter what the courts say, where it matters, you're the epitome of a farking loser.
2013-02-17 05:18:57 AM  
2 votes:

mikefinch: 900 grand a year? Impressive. I dont think Brendan Frasier could make 900 grand a year if he took every role he was offered and started selling coke to the Lohan family.

Bummer -- i thought he was alright as a comedy/action lead. Hes a bit wooden but he takes roles where its not a problem or its not as noticeable.  I wondered why he wasn't getting work.


He was pretty good in Gods and Monsters, which is a straight dramatic role. He was playing against Ian McKellen though, so I guess that makes it easier.
2013-02-17 04:43:21 AM  
2 votes:
What a deal these women get. All they have to do is be some rich guy's cumdumpster, and once they have a kid they own him. $900,000? That's a joke. That's not child support, that's court-assisted extortion.
2013-02-16 09:15:16 PM  
2 votes:

whistleridge: TommyymmoT: $900K in child support?
 Damn, the price of Froot Loops, skateboards, and tuition must have skyrocketed since the last time I looked.

I think the courts always calculate a hefty percentage of your income, like 10% of your monthly income or 110% of what they used to get, whichever is what they deem you can afford. 

Also, there's an easy way to reduce that payment: get full or partial custody. Surely this is something he agreed to.


Not sure how it is in other states, but in Texas it takes pretty much an act of God for a father to get full custody. And if a father doesn't have full custody, his ass is paying.
2013-02-17 06:45:07 PM  
1 votes:

MattyFridays: Here's something very odd I noticed.

Fraser has worked exclusively in film.  He's never done TV, outside of cameos and a few random guest shots.  I wonder why that is.  He seems to be perfectly suited, skill-wise, to be the lead of a dad in a family sitcom.


I liked his scrubs cameos.
2013-02-17 04:00:45 PM  
1 votes:

Wise_Guy: I have no experience with child support, so forgive me if this is a stupid question--

Wouldn't it reasonable to require the ex-wife to provide receipts of what she is spending the money on?  I'd like to see her explain how the kid needed $1200 earrings or eats $500 worth of food in a week.


I think it would be reasonable. I know that when that child support is coming from social security, they will. CSB time:
Husband dated a girl who's father died when she was young, her mom married and had a few more kids. When girl was 15/16, she complained to social security that her mom was not using that money for her but to support non-working new spouse and favored his children over her. Some type of person was sent out to audit their financial records and interview friends/family. After investigation was over, checks were sent directly to girl instead of mom and she was granted financial emancipation.
2013-02-17 01:18:47 PM  
1 votes:
I've learned one thing watching all this celebrity crap... Never get married or divorced in California. They seem to have the most screwed-up domestic laws in the country.
2013-02-17 11:42:24 AM  
1 votes:
Subby is on crack and, apparently, everyone just loves to hear that formerly rich people are now as miserable as the rest of us.

As it turns out though - it's not true.

The former "Mummy" star went to a Connecticut court to his ex-wife Afton Smith, insisting he can no longer afford it

He's not broke.
He hasn't stopped paying.

He's gone to court alleging that he earns LESS than the HUGE amount that would let him comfortably afford to pay someone 900k per year in child support.  That's all.  The guy has millions of dollars and currently involved in a bunch of work.  A judge might agree with him and his childsupport might be lowered - but I assure you it will still be more than 99% of Farkers will make in a year - and that's just his child support.

So, he's still rich.  Really rich.
2013-02-17 11:34:00 AM  
1 votes:
For $900,000, couldn't you uh... pay someone to take care of your problem? With extreme prejudice?
2013-02-17 11:03:51 AM  
1 votes:

Mugato: Bigedmond: HAHA, suckers.  My ex was dumb enough to get knocked up before the divorce proceedings, and i got out of all child support because she wanted the divorce over quickly.  So she gave into all my demands, No child support, Joint legal and physical custody.  Like a BOSS

First of all, I don't think "knocked up" is the proper term if you're married and second, you sound like an asshole.

/divorce seems to bring out the worst in people


The way I'm reading it was the child is not his. The newest one anyways. And he has joint custody for the other(s).
2013-02-17 10:57:25 AM  
1 votes:

Uncle Pooky: whistleridge: TommyymmoT

Not sure how it is in other states, but in Texas it takes pretty much an act of God for a father to get full custody. And if a father doesn't have full custody, his ass is paying.


Yep. I pretty much became an expert in fathers rights during my divorce over the last two years. whatever you do, do not get divorced in Colorado or Texas if you are a dad.

Here in Alabama the judges have wide discretion in visitation and child support. So despite the fact that I have my kid roughly 45% of the time and my ex makes twice as much as I do I still have to pay her child suppor
2013-02-17 10:46:35 AM  
1 votes:

John Buck 41: Daughter turned out pretty damn good. Has a great job (makes more than her old man) and just turned 30 on Valentines Day.


Can't ask for more than that, but you sound fortunate as well. My daughters mom lives 40 miles away and cant afford to pick her up for the kind of time you're talking about. Also, I am somewhat surprised that your daughter was always willing to give up her weekends to hang with you instead of her school friends. Based on my knowledge of school aged girls, that's damn near a miracle.

My ex pays ME support. You read that right. It goes right onto a debit card that I gave her. I dont need her money. We're doing fine, thank you.
2013-02-17 10:27:30 AM  
1 votes:

John Buck 41: Madbassist1: Bigedmond: HAHA, suckers.  My ex was dumb enough to get knocked up before the divorce proceedings, and i got out of all child support because she wanted the divorce over quickly.  So she gave into all my demands, No child support, Joint legal and physical custody.  Like a BOSS

Nice to know you're a selfish bastard who doesnt give a fark about his children.

Isn't the reason there's no child support is because they have joint legal and physical custody? At least that's how it worked for me and my ex 28 years ago.


One, there is NEVER equal custody. Someone is spending more on the kid. How much you wanna bet its mom, since it looks like the kid is new. Second, do you really think that big edmond is actually gloating about all the time he gets to spend with his infant child?

Also (and I didnt say this earlier) Brendan Fraser is a great comedic actor, as well as a competent dramatic one. I'm sure he'll do ok.
2013-02-17 09:35:52 AM  
1 votes:

Bigedmond: HAHA, suckers.  My ex was dumb enough to get knocked up before the divorce proceedings, and i got out of all child support because she wanted the divorce over quickly.  So she gave into all my demands, No child support, Joint legal and physical custody.  Like a BOSS


First of all, I don't think "knocked up" is the proper term if you're married and second, you sound like an asshole.

/divorce seems to bring out the worst in people
2013-02-17 09:16:26 AM  
1 votes:
This "what they are accustomed to" thing is bullshiat. First of all the kid is 6. Whatever it is that he's accustomed to, he'll get over it. Second, what if the father is unemployed and hopelessly in debt when they split? Does he get to pay negative child support?

Who was the comedian, "Look here your honor. I'm accustomed to farking her 4 times a week...."
2013-02-17 07:27:39 AM  
1 votes:
Bungles:
He was pretty good in Gods and Monsters

Thisthisthis.  The fact that he didn't just look like a schmuck next to Sir Ian means he has SOME talent.

lacydog:
FreetardoRivera: missmez: 900k a year probably sounded reasonable to him when he was making millions per picture.  Good for him for being generous to his family in good times.  Now that he's not the hot commodity he once was, the payments should be reduced.

I was going to say that 900k a year was never reasonable. I assumed outside the Mummy films he really didn't make any of that big money we think of when we think of a hollywood star.

Then I found out he got 10 million for Bedazzled. If he got that much for that turd then he at least 5 for Monkeybone.

Dude was probably eating panda steaks and having virgins flown in to some rape cave palace in Alberta.

Sir, you did not just badmouth the cinematic treats that are Bedazzled and Monkeybone. One of these has Liz Hurley in low-cut red tops, bikinis and other things. The other has Rose McGowan in a cat costume. These movies have contributed to our culture in immensely meaningful ways.


Sorry, I don't consider your bruised, horribly chafed penis part of my culture.
2013-02-17 06:45:01 AM  
1 votes:

farkeruk: What's a 6 year old going to do with $300K/annum? Collect limited-edition comics?



Either he has absolutely terrible lawyers, or the "lifestyle" that he lived when his family was a single unit would make even Evita blush.
2013-02-17 06:38:49 AM  
1 votes:
What's a 6 year old going to do with $300K/annum? Collect limited-edition comics?
2013-02-17 04:22:15 AM  
1 votes:
http://youtu.be/ANRPmTZRqkg
I'll just leave this here.

/not a Rick-Roll
2013-02-17 01:11:11 AM  
1 votes:

recoil47: TommyymmoT: $900K in child support?
 Damn, the price of Froot Loops, skateboards, and tuition must have skyrocketed since the last time I looked.

Make no mistake folks, the $900k isn't for the kids, it's for the ex-wife.

/Serious issues with our divorce court system


This.  My dad's way of paying child support was by taking care of our medical bill expenses and buying us stuff that growing kid(s) (and teens) needed. Mom had to make sure she got and kept a damn good job in order to keep the house we grew up in. We actually got our child support and mom figured out self-sufficiency so that she wouldn't be farked in her golden years.

/I'd say we even learned some responsibility from that but we all know I still live in ma's basement
2013-02-17 12:32:44 AM  
1 votes:

gadian: Child support goes into any expenses of the child. Rent, electricity, groceries, internet, movie nights, toys, savings, tuition at a good school, etc., etc.. Any expense in which a child is even tangentially involved in is pretty much up for grabs with child support. Gas, credit card payments....on and on.


I would argue that a failure of the system/judges is not to cap what the possible expenses of the child are, and put the excess into a trust or college fund.

I mean, if the mom is really burning $900k a year and not putting anything aside for the kids in the future, the kids are really getting screwed (especially given how ephemeral high paying acting careers are).
2013-02-17 12:01:50 AM  
1 votes:

TommyymmoT: $900K in child support?
 Damn, the price of Froot Loops, skateboards, and tuition must have skyrocketed since the last time I looked.


Make no mistake folks, the $900k isn't for the kids, it's for the ex-wife.

/Serious issues with our divorce court system
2013-02-16 11:51:41 PM  
1 votes:
I'm really more concerned with what will happen next season in Equestria now that Twilight Sparkle has been made an Alicorn Princess.
2013-02-16 11:50:46 PM  
1 votes:
Brendan Fraser used to live with one of my relatives during his early, lean years. He should call her; his old bedroom is still available if he wants it.
2013-02-16 11:49:10 PM  
1 votes:
I have no experience with child support, so forgive me if this is a stupid question--

Wouldn't it reasonable to require the ex-wife to provide receipts of what she is spending the money on?  I'd like to see her explain how the kid needed $1200 earrings or eats $500 worth of food in a week.
2013-02-16 11:16:34 PM  
1 votes:
Here's something very odd I noticed.

Fraser has worked exclusively in film.  He's never done TV, outside of cameos and a few random guest shots.  I wonder why that is.  He seems to be perfectly suited, skill-wise, to be the lead of a dad in a family sitcom.
2013-02-16 11:06:11 PM  
1 votes:
Brendan still works.  He's just not a publicity hungry alpha male/huge brand.

Subby sounds like a woman scorned.  Because divorce is always the man's fault (so we're supposed to believe), especially if he lacks the skills necessary to please a golddigging control freak babymama.  My heart goes out to any children who have to be pawns in the chess games that so many failed marriages turn into.
2013-02-16 09:46:19 PM  
1 votes:

Cheater71: [24.media.tumblr.com image 800x535]
24.media.tumblr.com

Why am i the Weeners this?


Just remember: Marilyn Manson weenered this.
2013-02-16 09:44:00 PM  
1 votes:
Lady Indica: Snip

And that is why I advocate the Winchester Divorce.  Shoot the evil biatch before she destroys everything.  Somebody, somewhere will provide you an alibi if they know how evil she is.
2013-02-16 09:41:57 PM  
1 votes:
I remember years ago there was this judge, I forget what state she was in, that was very criticized by many woman's groups because of her child support rulings. She never ordered a non-custodial parent to pay more than $2500 a month no matter how much they made. She was being interviewed for a story about pro athletes and child support and she said that she was not there to award the women a jackpot for hitting the pro athlete lottery, she was there to make sure that the child had enough money provided to be properly taken care of. They also interviewed some of the women that had kids with pro athletes that went in front of her and these women were just horrible. They were all getting $1500 a month for one child, this was in the early 90's, and they all acted like they were being robbed, and some of them even dared to say how are they supposed to take care of a child with only $1500 a month.
2013-02-16 09:34:49 PM  
1 votes:
There should be strict licensing requirements for having children.
2013-02-16 09:27:17 PM  
1 votes:

thamike: Is this the thread where uneducated people get to bash non-business majors, or is this the thread where fantasy football office drones get to tell us what "marketable skills" are?


No, this is the thread where we make fun of people who didn't read the thread.
2013-02-16 09:25:14 PM  
1 votes:
Here in Michigan same thing, the mom has to be pretty messed up for the dad to get full custody. Plus here the state can take up to 50% of your take home pay after taxes in support even if it is one kid. When I asked what I could do to survive the friend of the court mediator just looked at me and said "The state can take 50% of your take home pay".

/sucks to live in a state that essentially gives the mom a blank check
//One day my daughter will realize how nutso her mom is and that daddy lives like crap because mommy only wanted to work 2 days a week
/// at least I am not Brendan Fraser
2013-02-16 09:17:17 PM  
1 votes:
24.media.tumblr.com

Why am i the Weeners this?
2013-02-16 08:49:37 PM  
1 votes:

FreetardoRivera: missmez: 900k a year probably sounded reasonable to him when he was making millions per picture.  Good for him for being generous to his family in good times.  Now that he's not the hot commodity he once was, the payments should be reduced.

I was going to say that 900k a year was never reasonable. I assumed outside the Mummy films he really didn't make any of that big money we think of when we think of a hollywood star.

Then I found out he got 10 million for Bedazzled. If he got that much for that turd then he at least 5 for Monkeybone.

Dude was probably eating panda steaks and having virgins flown in to some rape cave palace in Alberta.


Sir, you did not just badmouth the cinematic treats that are Bedazzled and Monkeybone. One of these has Liz Hurley in low-cut red tops, bikinis and other things. The other has Rose McGowan in a cat costume. These movies have contributed to our culture in immensely meaningful ways.
2013-02-16 08:27:20 PM  
1 votes:
This is the reason Dave Foley can't come back to Canada -- His alimony is set from when he was doing news radio and his career was bright and rosy.
2013-02-16 08:23:21 PM  
1 votes:
Does it mean he's "broke" because he's unable to afford to pay $900k a year? If that's the case I'm beyond broke.
2013-02-16 08:12:59 PM  
1 votes:
900k a year probably sounded reasonable to him when he was making millions per picture.  Good for him for being generous to his family in good times.  Now that he's not the hot commodity he once was, the payments should be reduced.
2013-02-16 07:49:33 PM  
1 votes:
Hair plugs must be expensive.


You can buy a child's love.  It's unfair and not in the interest of a child to have one parent be much more well off than the other.  It's such an obvious concept, can't believe people don't get it.

If you hire a shiatty lawyer and don't ask for support modifications, then it's no one's fault but your own.
2013-02-16 07:46:04 PM  
1 votes:
Child support should be based on what the kids need, rather than how much the parent may be able to afford.
2013-02-16 07:40:11 PM  
1 votes:
900,000.... something is wrong with our Divorce Courts in this country.
2013-02-16 07:38:44 PM  
1 votes:

Evenbiggerknickers: I prefer to remember him as such:

[www.moviestarspicture.com image 500x678]


This.  So hot. DROOL.
2013-02-16 07:37:29 PM  
1 votes:
He's no Jack Black, and that's a good thing
2013-02-16 06:38:42 PM  
1 votes:

TommyymmoT: $900K in child support?
 Damn, the price of Froot Loops, skateboards, and tuition must have skyrocketed since the last time I looked.


I always wondered why the amount was based on previous lifestyle. If it was me I would want my kids to have enough, but it seems odd that it should be mandated that they get the best.
 
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