09/03/2007 AT 12:05 PM ET
Owen Wilson canceled appearances at the Venice Film Festival but is “doing well” and “making us laugh a lot,” says his longtime friend Wes Anderson.
“When he’s ready he’s going to speak for himself much better than anyone else could,” Anderson told reporters in Venice on Sunday. “He has a very good way with words.”
Anderson was in Venice promoting the film he directed, The Darjeeling Limited, featuring Wilson with Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman as three brothers taking a train trip across India. Wilson originally was due to appear in Venice.
“I just want you to know how excited I am to have the film showing here,” Anderson said at a press conference. “It means a great deal to me, and it also means a great deal to Owen, who wants me to express to you how much it means to him and to say that he wishes he could be with us.”
Anderson added: “We all miss having him here very much. Obviously he’s been through a lot this week but he’s doing well and he’s been making us laugh a lot.”