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Andrew McCarthy Gets Arrested in Ethiopia for Afar

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For its “Spin the Globe” column, Afar sends its writers, even the famous ones, to far off places at random and tells them to chronicle their experiences. In the March/April issue, it was actor Andrew McCarthy in Lalibela, Ethiopia.

After enjoying the local cuisine and witnessing an exorcism (seriously), the Brat Packer found himself arrested by an “Ethiopian Lee Marvin” for trying to attend a church Mass service without a ticket.

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“I glanced over my shoulder at Lee Marvin, his gun pointed at my back. I thought his reaction to my offense was extreme; I tried to say as much. He grunted something in Amharic and prodded me with the tip of his rifle. I turned quickly back. I figured I wouldn’t be shot as long as I had a child by my side — I engaged the boy in animated conversation.”

Silly Andrew. It’s Bernie who keeps you out of trouble. Cheap shot, we know.

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