Posted: Tue., Nov. 16, 2004, 8:48pm PT
'L&O' on hold as star faints again
D'Onofrio re-admitted for further testing
By ARMY ARCHERD
Production has been halted again on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" after star Vincent D'Onofrio fainted during production Monday in New York.
D'Onofrio, who was released from the hospital on Friday after two days of observation, was re-admitted for further testing. He had returned to work on Monday after several fainting incidents early last week that halted production for one day (Daily Variety, Nov. 16).
"It's day to day," said "L&O" exec producer Dick Wolf. "His health is of primary consideration."
Producers said D'Onofrio was in good spirits.
New York Daily News
November 17, 2004
Is weirdly quirky television actor Vincent D'Onofrio doing okay?
Late Monday night, the "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" star - who spent three days in the hospital last week after suffering multiple fainting spells during filming in New York - fainted again, this time off the set.
The 45-year-old D'Onofrio had to be rushed to a nearby hospital, where he is undergoing observation and tests.
Lowdown hears that the actor - who plays homicide Detective Robert Goren on the hit TV series, which is in its second season - has undergone a battery of tests, including an MRI, but has not been diagnosed with any illness or condition.
According to a show insider, "The problem is that they haven't figured out what's wrong with Vincent yet - whether it's a serious health problem or something psychosomatic or what. We won't be back at work until Monday at the earliest, and we could possibly shut down for a few weeks."
Stopping production for that long could spell trouble for NBC's prime-time Sunday lineup, given that "Criminal Intent," the newest installment in the 13-year-old "Law & Order" franchise, has shot just eight out of this season's 22 episodes.
"Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf was unavailable for comment yesterday, but Lowdown hears that after this Sunday's original episode, the show was already scheduled to go into reruns through December - and there's enough in the can to last through January.
D'Onofrio doesn't have a personal publicist, and yesterday a rep for the show E-mailed Lowdown:
"He suffered another fainting incident late yesterday, and has returned to the hospital for further observation and testing. He's in good spirits, and producers are optimistic he'll be released soon."