Nick Stahl: All About His Disappearance – And His Past
In his most recent film, Nick Stahl plays a man seeking for his missing wife.
In a bizarre true-life parallel, Stahl is now missing. Even though police continue their search for the 32-year-old actor, who was last seen on May 9, the director of 388 Arletta Avenue says he saw no signs of trouble when he shot the thriller with Stahl in Toronto a year and a half ago.
“He was wonderful – not a single problem,” director Randall Cole tells Folks. “He was a total specialist and knew his lines. There was no diva behavior at all.” Nor was there any hint of turmoil among Stahl and his wife Rose, who visited the set along with their then-infant daughter, Marlo. But court documents filed earlier this year tell a different story.
In February, Rose filed a petition calling for youngster help from her husband. These papers also state that she would have their daughter 100 percent of the time and Stahl would have eight hours of supervised visitation per week. He was also required to take a drug test inside 24 hours of each visitation.
Back in 2010, nonetheless, the couple “looked pleased together,” says Cole. “Whatever is going on now, it wasn’t happening then. He was completely on his game. He is not an actor who stays in character amongst takes. He was just himself, goofing around with the crew. He was a pleasant person to be around.”
Detectives have been searching for Stahl because the actor’s wife, Rose, reported him missing to the Los Angeles Police Department Monday morning.
“We are tracking down a few leads and utilizing internal sources with data we have to see if we can speedily find him,” L.A.P.D. Detective Carmine S. Sasso, who is handling the case, tells Folks.
The actor, says Det. Sasso, “has got some personal concerns that he’s attempting to operate through. The family members asks that this be kept very low-essential, and that impacts our capacity to successfully resolve these cases.”
And what of reports that substance abuse concerns are involved in Stahl’s disappearance?
“In common, [this case] is comparable to a lot of our adult missing persons cases,” says Det. Sasso. “Of the 14,000 missing persons circumstances I’ve handled more than the past four years, there is a very good percentage of those involving drug problems and a separation from families. The vast majority of them have been effectively solved. Hopefully this one will be too.”
A Strange Limbo
Stahl, a Texas native who started acting at age 4 and got his large break in Mel Gibson’s 1993 drama The Man Without having a Face, has acknowledged past struggles with drugs and alcohol.
When another onetime youngster star, actor Brad Renfro, died from a heroin overdose at age 25 in 2008, Stahl stated he had seen warning signs when the pair costarred in 2001′s Bully.
“There was a lot of recreational drinking and things like that going on throughout the shoot,” Stahl told The San Francisco Chronicle in 2008. “For an individual like me, who has been by way of drugs and drinking, it was fairly straightforward to spot that Brad had problems.”
Stahl also admitted that he had struggled as a youngster star.
“It warps your capability to locate a certain identity,” he stated. “You are in a strange limbo. You are operating in an adult world but becoming quite young, you are not a element of it. You can’t be included in it really. Then you go property and because you are with your friends not all that usually, you are not fully a portion of that, either.”
And the glare of the spotlight didn’t support.
“There are particular superficial components of the enterprise,” he stated, “type of placing on a very good face even although you may well be in discomfort.”