Luke Wilson is under fire from both the USGA and the Screen Actors Guild this week after it was revealed that he has played in at least four different pro-am events in 2008 without actually appearing in any feature films.
So far this year, Wilson has played in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, the ATT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the Mayakoba Classic and spent this past weekend playing in the Nationwide Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Wilson was quick to respond to the charges, pointing out that the film Henry Poole Is Here, in which he plays the title role, is scheduled for a limited August release. The USGA hit back, saying "if independent art house films made you a legitimate celebrity, we'd all know who Miranda July is. Who? Exactly." In response the USGA is asking Wilson to either stop accepting pro-am invitations or start accepting acting roles, going so far as to say they would even be okay with a guest role on Criminal Minds or "that show with Charlie Sheen."
The Screen Actors Guild has also gotten involved, worried that Wilson has developed an unhealthy addiction to the game that is making him pass on leading roles which in turn equals less income from which they can collect dues. Said SAG President Alan Rosenberg, "We get Pebble Beach and I guess the Bob Hope, but when he showed up on the Nationwide Tour this week, it was obviously a cry for help."
Wilson's agent says his client is upset over the controversy, specifically with whether this will affect his tentative plans to play in July's American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe.