‘Austin Powers’ Star Verne Troyer Enters Rehab

Verne Troyer

After spending almost two weeks in a San Fernando Valley hospital for alcoholism, actor Verne Troyer tells TMZ that he’s headed off to rehab for more help.

Troyer, now 48 years old, is best known for playing the role of Mini-Me in the Austin Powers films. The role was defined by his height of 2 feet, 8 inches, a result of cartilage–hair hypoplasia dwarfism. In addition to that famous role, he’s also had roles in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Love Guru. He’s also been featured on television in reality shows such as The Surreal Life and Celebrity Wife Swap.

Troyer has long struggled with alcoholism. In 2002, he nearly died of alcohol poisoning while in distress after his breakup with model Genevieve Gallen, who sold information about their life to tabloids after the split.

“There are two sides to Verne: One is a fun and silly man with a great sense of humour who is lots of fun to be around,” she told the Mirror in 2009. “The other is a horrible, mean-spirited person who is angry at the world and drinks himself close to death to forget how depressed he is.”

But the actor seems intent on turning a new leaf on a recent Facebook post:

“I’ve been hearing from some concerned fans, so I’d like to address a very personal situation. As you know, I’ve battled alcohol addiction in the past and while it’s not always been an easy fight, I’m willing to continue my fight day by day. I’ve been receiving treatment for the last week and I am voluntarily checking into a treatment center later this week to continue to get the help that I need. I want to thank everyone that’s reached out with their messages of support, it truly means the world to me. With your support, I got this.”

Fans left supportive comments on the post. Troyer is set to be back on screen in a starring role in the upcoming film titled, The 420 Movie: Mary & Jane.