Did Vince Vaughn really refuse to take a photo with a disabled kid?


The other day, I read something (I think it was on Pajiba?) where someone said that Vince Vaughn’s turn on True Detective was his last shot at some kind of legitimate Hollywood career, and that if he messed it up, he wouldn’t be working much. To that I say… never underestimate Hollywood’s ability to find consistent work for middle-aged white men. If Vince screws up his “comeback” on TD, he will still work, it will just be in the family-comedy ghetto along with Adam Sandler and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. But I bring this up because I keep hearing stories about Vince Vaughn being an unpleasant person in real life. There was a story about him feuding with Taylor Kitsch (Kitsch later denied it, but Vince never denied it). There are stories about him being rude to just about everyone. And now Star Magazine claims he was a total jackass to a disabled fan.

True detective star Vince Vaughn was a true jerk to a 13-year-old disabled fan who dared approach him at a Chicago Blackhawks playoff game.

“Vince could see that the boy needed a walker and that it was a struggle just to get through the stands,” a witness tells Star.

“But when he asked for a photo, Vince said ‘Not now, I’m concentrating on warm-ups.’ The game hadn’t even started!” dishes the insider.

The boy, who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, left dejected, while the Blackhawks went on to win the Stanley Cup.

“Vince is not the kind of fan Chicago needs,” adds the source. “That poor kid deserved better!”

[From Star Magazine]

If only that child had been armed to the teeth, eh? My take: you hear the same kinds of stories time and time again, you start to believe there’s something there. Even though this story seems too perfect, like it had to have everything – a disabled fan, hockey, a walker and a rude-ass celebrity – I still believe that Vince is probably a rude-as-hell douchebag and yes, he’s probably turned down photos with disabled kids before. And the game hadn’t even started!!! That’s what kills me. “Nah, man, I need to watch my team warm-up!”

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  1. OSTONE says:

    If true, what an *ss. What I find intriguing is that people ask Vince Vaughn for pictures. Really? Or the girls who cried in France because Ian Somerhalder told them that he wouldn’t take pictures with them. Maybe I need to drink coffee to understand it!

    • Tate says:

      No, that won’t help. I have had my coffee and I still don’t understand.

    • HighFive says:

      VV is an F AHOLE I’m from Chicago. He’s a dick of epic proportions and sort of bi polar–he can be incredibly charming and then turn like a viper. Unfortunately I know from experience…he also is running out of money for a variety of reasons, can’t say I feel bad for him because he’s literally such a jerk that it’s been a long time coming also he prob WONT be working after his TD bomb because no one likes him…Adam sandler and Paul blart are nice people VV — not so… He’s going to be the male Katherine Heigl

  2. Hawkeye says:

    “Not now, I’m concentrating on warm-ups.” If you yourself are not warming up and this is what you say to someone as a reason you are too busy to sign an autograph, the universe should not be rewarding you with the status that comes with being asked for autographs in the first place.

  3. EM says:

    He is beyond mediocre. He is so terrible an actor he makes Sandler look good. It seems like he is a horrible person as well.

    • Don't kill me I'm French says:

      It’s weird because I remember Vaughn has a reputation to be very accessible .In fact on Twitter,many posted their meeting with Vaughn at Lax,Chicago ,in a restaurant or a sport center

    • laura in LA says:

      I was going to compare VV’s career possibilities to Matthew McConaughey’s before his big year…

      But then MM has always been a better actor – and, correct me if I’m wrong, but probably a more decent person, too.

      • Christin says:

        Matt came through our area a few years ago on his airstream tour. He stopped unannounced at a business and happily posed for photos with staff. He may seem out there, but I think he is nice to people.

        Also, I know some people from his hometown who say he was likeable. He never says he’s from the larger city of Dallas; he specifically names Longview, the town where he attended HS.

  4. Dhavynia says:

    Why would a 13 yr old be a fan of VV?

    • funcakes says:

      That was my first thought. My second thought was why would anyone on the planet want to take a picture with Vince Vaughn.

  5. GPSB says:

    His success has always been inexplicable.

  6. iheartjacksparrow says:

    I haven’t had any interest in Vince since the atrocious “Psycho” remake. But, as a hockey fan, there’s absolutely nothing to concentrate on in a warm-up. The players skate in circles, stretch, and hit a few pucks at a (generally) open net. If he needs concentration for that, I wonder how he can handle watching an actual game.

  7. Kiddo says:

    I don’t like him, but I wonder if this is even true.

    • Julie says:

      i agree. its too much of a “he beat up a kid in a wheelchair” for me.

      • MrsBPitt says:

        agreed…and in Star Magazine….not buying it! They probably bought the pics of VV at the game and said, “mmm, now, what would be a good story to go with these”

      • Jellybean says:

        Me too! Either made up completely or spiced up by someone who didn’t get the attention they wanted when they approached him.

      • Kiddo says:

        Julie, yep, it’s a little too Ebenezer-Scrooge-perfect-villain-ish. Although actually pushing the kid away might have made the story more scandalous.

    • Helen says:

      ….and the little crippled child hobbled up to the ageing character/comedy actor and said “Please Sir, may I have your autograph?”

      And the actor sneered at him, curled his lip and said “get away from me, Gimpy!” And went back to eating diamonds out of a cashmere bag.

      And the little crippled child hobbled away to the gutter tabloids and sold his story, thereby achieving balance in the universe.

      A pic of the kid looking pathetic and the actor looking bloated and angry, and you’ve got yourself a top selling tabloid edition.

  8. Ginger says:

    I don’t know. I have a friend who loves him, met him, had a whole funny, endearing conversation with him that was documented by my other friend. The photos are adorable. Granted, this was many years ago so he may have gotten sour over the years.

    • lucy2 says:

      I do wonder if that’s the case – I never heard a bad thing about him for a long time, but lately, he seems angry and crabby and full of nonsense.

      I’m not sure this is true, but in general I think it’s OK for a celebrity to politely decline to take a photo. But if it’s a kid, especially one who’s obviously got some hardships in life, just do it to be a decent human being.

  9. original kay says:

    what does the kid having a disability have to do with it? people should be nicer because of it? they should be nice to everyone, regardless

    also, Vince was on private time, at a game, and under no obligation to sign anything, for anyone. It doesn’t sound like he was rude, it sounds like he was there for a hockey game.

    I don’t even like Vince, but I dislike the expectations people have for celebrities even more. He may very well be unpleasant, but in this case I agree with him.

    • FingerBinger says:

      +1 Celebrities aren’t obligated to sign autographs and take pictures. It would have nice to do it because it was a kid but there shouldn’t be any expectations.

    • manda says:

      I agree. Just because you like to act, doesn’t mean you like to interact with people. I’m sure if I was a movie star, people would think I was a total bitch

    • ali.hanlon says:


    • Sugar says:

      I kind of agree that celebs shouldn’t have to pose for pictures if they don’t want to but at the same time he wouldn’t have his multimillion dollar career if he didn’t have fans. He shouldn’t forget that. It’s fine to deny a picture if he can be polite and still have a positive interaction. A two minute conversation costs him nothing.

    • sills says:

      +1 I know this story is meant to turn on the waterworks, but this disabled kid’s world is not going to end because a famously churlish actor said no to a selfie. Also, yeah, a 13-year-old Vince Vaughn fan? Methinks I smell a Gen-X mom still swooning over “Swingers” who got her kid to do her dirty work… ;)

  10. NewWester says:

    I wonder if Vince actually said ” Not now, but why don’t you come back and see me during intermission ?” Not making excuses for rudeness( if there was) but the source of this story is the Star.

  11. Name to be Determined says:

    In a couple of year’s the headline will read “Disabled kid refuses to take a photo with Vince Vaughn”

  12. radiogrl says:

    And not a single mention that he’s sitting next to Tom Morello, of Rage Against The Machine and the E Street Band? More importantly, what is Morello doing next to that gasbag Vaughn?

  13. Frosty says:

    I dislike VV, but question whether a kid would even know who he is? Wedding Crashers was 10 years ago. Dammnit Netflix!

  14. LAK says:

    Vince volunteered to sell the public his talent. He didn’t volunteer his private time or life. If he doesn’t want to have his picture taken, he doesn’t have to have his picture taken. Fans, no matter their physical condition, should understand that.

  15. Hannah says:

    I am from Chicago- I saw Vince Vaughn a few years ago downtown with his wife at 900 North Michigan, Bloomingdales mall. I was a huge fan of Wedding Crashers and asked him for a photo. He said no he’s going to eat dinner- I thought it was pretty rude- I was the only one who went up to him or seemed to notice. My friend modeled in Chicago and had the same experience- several people I know met him at bars or Blackhawks games and EVERYONE says he’s obnoxious! His wife is not even that pretty, either! Supposedly he hits on other women in bars in Chicago, too! I have met a few actors living in New York and Los Angeles and he was the least polite.

  16. Doris says:

    This a TRUE story! The disabled boy is my friend’s son!! I can’t believe how VV treated him!!