HAD EPILEPSY AS A TEEN … ACTOR HUGO WEAVING ATTENDS THE UNCLE VANYA CAST PHOTOCALL IN NEW YORK CITY. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES GETTY IMAGES
AUSTRALIAN actor Hugo Weaving has revealed he suffered from epilepsy during his teen years.
The star of movies such as The Matrix and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, told the New York Post that it started when he was 13.
“I probably had one major seizure a year. Every now and then I’d fall down and wake up to someone saying, ‘Are you OK?’, but it never affected any jobs I was doing.
“It started at 13, and I figured if I grew into it, I could grow out of it. I don’t drive as a result, because I couldn’t get my licence,” said the 52-year-old actor.
Although Weaving has not had a seizure in 18 years, he says he couldn’t be bothered getting his licence.
“Now I could, but I can’t be bothered. It’s easier to walk. At least, that’s my excuse, anyway.”
Weaving and fellow Aussie Cate Blanchett are taking New York by storm with the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of the much-praised Uncle Vanya, which is running through to Saturday at the Lincoln Center Festival.
Epilepsy is a disorder of brain function that takes the form of recurring convulsive or non -convulsive seizures, according to the Epilepsy Australia website.