Owen Wilson smoked a cigarette indoors and got a whole hotel evacuated

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It’s no secret that smoking is bad for you and those around you. Demonstrating this in quite dramatic fashion was Owen Wilson, whose need for nicotine cleared a South Beach hotel.

Page Six reported that the 49-year-old actor and an unidentified blond were on the town in Miami. They were spotted at the Tavern at Hotel Croydon for some late night entertainment. The two reportedly took a smoke break and caused a bit of a problem. According to a source, “Owen set off the smoke alarm in the hotel by smoking a cigarette near the bathroom.” As a result “The entire hotel was evacuated.” The hotel’s smoke detectors must be in order. That’s quite impressive that a single cigarette could set them off.

The hotel’s guests, who were seen heading out of the building, many in their pajamas, surely had mixed feelings about the alarm As for Owen, when the alarm started howling, he and his date were seen on video footage dancing. They were in Miami – and probably thought it was a South Beach take on EDM or something. Owen then ditched his drink and he and his lady friend (who didn’t give up her smokes) went off into the night.

I’m from Miami originally and lived in south Florida for many years. Smoking in clubs and bars is not permitted, and establishments don’t put up with it. I’m not sure how it is elsewhere (I know here in Georgia, you can smoke in bars, which I hate), but maybe Owen wasn’t aware of the no smoking policy. Or maybe he just didn’t care.

I do wonder if Owen uttered his iconic “Wow” during the ensuing chaos. This came to mind after seeing the footage from last month’s “Say Wow like Owen Wilson” event, that was held at Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia. Pretty epic. I bow to you, land down under.

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  1. Who Are These People? says:

    What a stupid, selfish thing to do.

    • LadyT says:

      The smoking indoors is stupid and selfish. The drinking, knowing his history, just makes me sad for him—- for anyone with that problem and those around them.

  2. Livethelifeaquatic says:

    Not sober, shocking!

  3. Jess says:

    Well I hope Owen is doing better these days, hopefully not using alcohol as a coping mechanism for his depression, he has children now so he needs to keep it in check, maybe this was just a rare drunken evening out.

    I forgot how you could smoke everywhere years ago. I used to be a smoker and still found it gross! I can’t stand the smell of it now, well except for during my annual girls trip, we all smoke like crazy that weekend 😂

    • NeoCleo says:

      The habit is stunningly insistent, isn’t it? I quit over 20 years ago and really can’t stand the smell or even have cravings during my waking hours but I’ve dreamed a number of times that I’m smoking again. Maybe it’s a response to stress!

  4. Astrid says:

    It’s a rare hotel that allows smoking in a hallway or room these days. Seems sort of entitled thinking to light one up in a hallway

    • TwoPac says:

      At a late-night comedy show, a woman w an expensive but ridiculous pink fur coat not only blocked my view, in front of me, but “vaped” during the show! So much entitlement. The man next to me spilled a beer all over my not fur coat. I didn’t complain to my date (who thoughtfully got tix to my fav comedian), but drunk people give zero Fs about consideration or playing well w others. I hope they get nabbed and have to pay the piper, literally.

  5. Nancy says:

    Duh. I have to shamefully admit, I keep a pack hidden for over-the-top angst moments. Having three kids, this makes my smoky treats an even more lethal situation. Fortunately, my trips to the back yard have become less frequent, especially when it’s 20 degrees outside and my husband says I taste like an ashtray, bless his heart. Nasty habit.

    • manda says:

      Omg, I quit 3 years ago but still have one now and then (like, right now it’s been two months). I miss it so much! I wish I had never started!!! My husband is not jerky to me about it, thankfully. Self shame is more than enough for me.

      But I have totally decided I’m taking it back up in my 80s if I live that long and I still want to. I will also sit in the sun at that age without any fear or guilt. Tawanda!

      • Spicecake38 says:

        Thanks a lot now I want one😉
        But I seriously didn’t know you could smoke indoors anywhere these days,and would think he would know to go outside to light up.

      • Rachel in August says:

        Sounds like you quit two months ago, lol.

      • Jess says:

        I don’t know if any of you watch This is Us but that scene where Beth is stressed after a fight with Randall she pretends to smoke a cigarette, inhaling and holding it, I lost it laughing. I tried it after that and it really does help with cravings! The only time mine get bad is when I drink.

      • Nancy says:

        Jess: Idk if you watched Thelma & Louise in the day. Louise smoked like a chimney, Thelma didn’t smoke. They were driving and Thelma holds a cig as if she were taking a hit on it just like you described. Louise laughs and says what are you doing? Thelma says, “I’m Louise.” Pretty funny! Drinking alcohol, coffee brings on the urge, as does driving for me and the damn phone! Out out damn spot!

    • Betsy says:

      Indeed smokers do taste of ash tray to non smokers!

      I’m surprised at the those of you who are able to just have the odd cigarette or weekend of them and then not crave them.

      • Nancy says:

        Oh the constant craving is there. You just have to have a certain mindset and go through the “desire.” I blame it on law school. but my husband was right there too, albeit smokeless. That excuse is getting old! @manda, I will sit under the umbrella with you and smoke smoke smoke that cigarette. Puff, puff, puff and if you puff yourself to death. Tell St. Peter at the Golden Gate, he will just have to wait, I just have to have another cigarette!! @Spicecake38…..eat some candy (or spice cake) until it passes! No more nicotine lungstine!

      • Jessica says:

        My husband only smokes outside, but he reeks of it. The smell drives me nuts. Our city’s establishments went smoke free about ten years ago. Happy day!1

  6. Rose says:

    Being evacuated from a hotel is horrible. Me and my husband had one night at The Ned in london for our honeymoon and the fire alarms went off at half midnight. We were on the 6th floor and it wasn’t long adter Grenfell so luckily I’d checked the fire escapes. Not fun. Turns out it was the pizza ovens smoke that caused it and we got a ton of freebies as a “sorry”. hope he has to pay a fine or something.

    • Rumi says:

      I never used to check the fire escape routes when staying in hotel. But after Grenfell I always have a look around to have an awareness of where the stairs and fire exits are.
      After that horrific tragedy, I will never just kind of see what’s going on, wait for instructions I’ll pick up my valuables and leave asap.

  7. manda says:

    I can’t imagine he had the slightest idea that it would set off the fire alarm. Those are some mighty sensitive sensors! I know drunk smokers that have pulled one out without thinking in places like this, thankfully for them something like this never happened!! OMG!

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Glad they are sensitive!

      Drunk smokers are, one would think, more likely to be careless with lit cigarettes. It’s not only the health impacts; it’s the potential to start a fire in a crowded room with few exits.

      Hey everyone google the latest massive recall on smoke alarms by Kidde: Certain models don’t work. A tiny bit of plastic covers the sensor. Oopsie. Anyhow, check your smoke alarms and be safe.

    • Milla says:

      They are really sensitive. Imagine having to go down 43 floors cos an idiot thought that joint at 3 am is a good idea…

  8. Lala says:

    You smoke…you’re in a hotel…especially a NICE hotel…you better go outside…period. point. blank!

  9. Nicole says:

    As someone that grew up with a sibling with severe asthma this is infuriating. Not only the evacuation but the non-smoking laws in Florida protected my sibling from an attack. But we’ve had a situation where someone wanted to be a douchebag and smoke indoors and sent my then 5 year old sibling to the hospital. So I have ZERO tolerance for it. That guy was arrested and had to pay. But still it was terrifying.

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  11. JustJen says:

    Here in Ohio, it’s illegal to smoke just about anywhere except your house and outdoors unless you’re near a school, business or hospital, then it’s a no-go. It blows my mind when I travel and encounter places that have smoking and non-smoke areas. I quit 17 years ago and now loathe even being near some smokers. Some- not all- smell like they’ve been rolling in dirty ashtrays.

  12. lucy2 says:

    I wonder if he will be fined or something? What a stupid thing to do.
    As someone who has allergic reactions to smoke, especially cigarette smoke, I really love that so many places have banned it indoors, it’s made my life infinitely better. It’s also so much better for employees who had to be in second hand smoke all day.

  13. thaisajs says:

    What a selfish jerk. Smoking indoors in a public place is not okay.

  14. Juls says:

    This is a disgusting and infuriating thing to do. No consideration for anybody but himself. He should totally play Trump in the movie, right? Look at him! Dead ringer for the Dotard.

  15. JA says:

    Never took it up because of all the superficial things it can do to you! Teeth, hair, skin, breath…yuck! I know the health risks alone should keep ppl away but yea smokers look their age and then some! Owen seems like he’s aimlessly wandering

  16. psl says:

    I cannot even begin to describe how much I loathe cigarette smoke. And seeing the damn butts thrown out car windows, or on the ground.

    Most smokers are selfish. They don’t care who it affects, they just light up.
    Nice going, Owen. I’m sure everyone appreciated the disruption.

  17. Ada says:

    I hate smoking so much. Every smoker in family has died from resulting health problems at a young age (37, 42, and 57), leaving small children behind. I do not blame them individually for smoking of course, these things are structural/cultural. Me and my dad – who was orphaned in his early teens by cancer – both cried happy tears when smoking was banned indoors.

    Having said that, I have struggled with similar issues as Owen Wilson and always feel like I want to give him a hug. Depression and suicidal thoughts can make breaking bad habits even harder, though nothing excuses this kind of disregard for others.

  18. StormsMama says:


    Owen I thought you were better than this.

  19. raincoaster says:

    He’s quite a douche. Filming on location in Canada, he made a waitress cry. Jack Black apologized for him and cheered the staffer up again. Jack Black is a prince. Owen Wilson is a douche.

  20. Alexis says:

    I know that I shouldn’t find this funny, but I do. Seriously, everyone calm down. Ok, I’m a Texan and we are loyal to a fault, so I laughed when I read this. He wasn’t thinking and he lit a fag when he shouldn’t have. We have Trump to deal with…priorities.