Angeles, CA – It's been almost twenty years since robot Johnny 5 was
seen in a movie theater, but last night at the red carpet premiere of
Disney/Pixar's new animated feature Wall-E ,
he was seen outside of the El Capitan, drinking heavily, spewing racial
epithets, and eventually being dragged away by the LAPD.
"He's really been in a downward spiral since those Wall-E posters started showing up around town," said Short Circuit co-star Fisher Stevens. "I mean, you have to admit, the little robot does look a lot like Johnny…just a reminder that he hasn't worked since the first Gulf War."
Disney/Pixar executive Deborah Majors, was on hand to observe Johnny 5's drunken tirade: "He just kept shouting, 'Need input, laser lips? Wall-E's mother is a f---ing snow blower!' He was not the lovable robot I remembered from those movies. Wait…wasn't he coated in gold at the end of Short Circuit 2 ?"
"If he didn't look coated in gold last night, it's because he wasn't," said Stevens. "Johnny sold all his gold plating in the summer of 1997 and blew it on cocaine and hookers within a month." Add to that a whopping seventeen DWI charges and the picture becomes much clearer. "Well, it's kind of hard to not get DWI's when your legs are tank treads."
As with many stars from the '80s, Johnny 5's lows have lasted much longer than his highs. Once the toast of Hollywood, Johnny Five is now another out of work robot actor sharing an apartment with the tiny flying saucers from Batteries Not Included .