Michael McKean Replaced By Oscar Winner James Lecesne In 'The Best Man'
Oscar winning actor James Lecesne will step in for ailing star Michael McKean in the Broadway production of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man".
The Spinal Tap star was forced to pull out of the Tony Award-nominated production after being hit by a car on Tuesday and sustaining multiple injuries, including a broken leg, which will keep the 62-year-old off the stage for a while.
Lecesne won an Academy Award in 1994 for his short film "Trevor", about a homosexual teen dealing with homophobic family and friends. The film took the Best Short Film, Live Action Oscar at the 1995 awards ceremony.
McKean's character, Dick Jensen, will no be taken over by Lecesne, who previously played a reporter for the Washington Post in the play.
"I have worked with Michael on three previous productions," producer Jeffrey Richards tells BroadwayWorld.com, "and he has never missed a performance, and I understand from his team that he has never missed a performance in his career. So this is the kind of first we are reluctant to announce.
"He is currently in stable condition, he has a broken leg," Richards added.
"He'll be OK... but it's pretty devastating," McKean's publicist said after the incident.
"It's the first time he has ever missed a curtain in his entire life. He's never missed stage, screens in film or television. His understudy has never gone on in 40-plus years."
The actor, who will not be returning to the production, according to reports, Tweeted about his condition on Thursday.
"Lucky man: best wife, great kids, awesome docs and nurses, priceless friends; a little overwhelmed by the sweet tweets. Love all y'all," he said.
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