Connecticut Deserves A Better Class Of Criminal

Uh oh. Rip Torn got into some mildly hilarious trouble over the weekend. From the AP:

Actor Elmore “Rip” Torn has been charged with breaking into a Connecticut bank and carrying a loaded handgun while intoxicated.

State police say the 78-year-old Salisbury resident was arrested Friday night after police found him inside the Litchfield Bancorp with a loaded revolver.

Last year, Torn was given probation in a Connecticut drunken driving case and granted permission to enter an alcohol education program. He also has two previous drunken driving arrests in New York.

Alcoholism is a serious disease and nothing to smirk at or make fun of, BUT it is hard not to at least SMILE INWARDLY at the thought of Rip Torn sitting at home with a glass of scotch, surrounded by his collectors’ Men in Black memorabilia, lazily spinning a handgun on a tabletop until finally he just shrugs and says “Fuck it, I should rob a bank.” UH, WHAT? I hope that the courts have the humanity and the foresight to get Rip Torn the help that he needs before we end up with another Tom Sizemore highlighter-bandit on our hands.