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Wilson doing 'very well'

September 04, 2007|From the Associated Press

VENICE, Italy -- Owen Wilson is doing well as he recovers from an apparent suicide attempt and is even making colleagues laugh, the director of his latest film said Monday.

"Obviously he has been through a lot this week," said Wes Anderson, who directed Wilson in "The Darjeeling Limited," one of the films in competition for the Venice Film Festival's top award.

"I can tell you he has been doing very well; he has been making us laugh," Anderson said at a news conference about the film.

"When he is ready he's going to speak for himself much better than any of us could," the director said, asking that the actor's privacy be respected.

Wilson and Anderson have worked together for more than a decade in pictures including "The Royal Tenenbaums."

The 38-year-old Wilson was taken by ambulance to a hospital last week after police responded to a call about a suicide attempt at his Santa Monica home. The day after he was hospitalized, he issued a statement asking for privacy so he could "receive care and heal."

"After being hospitalized, Wilson dropped out of DreamWorks' "Tropic Thunder," in production in Hawaii.

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