Famed 1980s ‘Brat Pack’ actor Anthony Michael Hall has apologized after launching into an expletive-filled tirade and flipping off other guests in a hotel pool.
Hall, 52, was caught on camera on Wednesday the South Congress Hotel pool in Austin, Texas as he laced into other guests for an unspecified ‘disrespect’ he said they’d committed.
‘I am deeply sorry for my words and actions and ask for forgiveness from anyone who I may have offended,’ Hall told TMZ in an apology to the hotel’s entire staff, his family, and everyone who witnessed the incident.
‘As a result of a misunderstanding and miscommunication between myself and some hotel guests, the situation needlessly and regrettably escalated,’ he said.
In footage obtained by TMZ, Hall can be seen repeatedly flipping off several other pool patrons, calling them ‘disrespectful’ and telling them they are ‘full of s***.’
It’s not clear from the video what started the dispute, but witnesses claim that Hall was being rude to the other guests, blasting his music and cursing in front of kids in the pool.
When he was asked to tone it down, the dispute apparently began, with Hall cursing.
At one point, Hall refers to the woman filming his tantrum as Rosie O’Donnell and splashes water toward her.
Citing sources, TMZ reports that hotel security was called, and that Hall left the pool area without incident. Police were not called.
Hall made his acting breakout at age 13 in 1983 as Rusty Griswold in National Lampoon’s Vacation, where he caught the attention of the film’s screenwriter John Hughes.
Hughes went on to direct Hall in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Weird Science, typically playing characters who are likable geeks.
The roles established him as the iconic nerd of 1980s cinema, as well as a member of the ‘Brat Pack’ of young actors in teen coming-of-age films of the era.
In more recent years, he had the leading role in the USA Network series The Dead Zone from 2002 to 2007, and has made TV guest appearances on shows including Community and Z Nation.
Hall has spoken openly of his troubles with alcohol, which began in his teens, but says that by 1990 he was fully sober.
In 2016, the Los Angeles District Attorney charged Hall with felony assault with serious bodily injury following a September 13 confrontation with a neighbor at Hall’s Playa del Rey condominium complex.
He pleaded no contest in the case and avoided jail time, getting three years of probation instead.