Matthew Broderick is no stranger to the glitz and glamor of New York, but even he has had some chilling run-ins with muggers in the Big Apple.
The 61-year-old ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ star has revealed he was “frequently bullied” as a child growing up in New York City, and each time attributed it to being “a young man “.
“I have often been attacked! I was mugged all over the village, in Times Square, on the Upper West Side,” he said Tuesday on the iHeartPodcast episode Table for Two with Bruce Bozzi. “I never had any money! And people constantly wanted [to mug me].”
“I speak like 12 [years old] — that’s when it happened a lot,” said the actor, who grew up in Washington Square North.
“It was mostly other boys just bullying them and getting money for lunch or something. But sometimes it was a little scary.
Recalling one incident, Broderick said he and a friend were skateboarding in Central Park and a “massive gang flew” before robbing them.
“I was hit in the head with some kind of stick! It wasn’t a joke. Thank God we all survived it,” he added.
Broderick said the other times he was assaulted were different, as thugs threatened to “poke his head through the glass” if he refused to hand over his belongings.
“You get on the subway and someone sits next to you and puts their arm around you quite aggressively and says, ‘What’s in your pocket? What is your name?’ — it’s just like I ask you a lot of questions,” he shared.
“[You’re] I’m just waiting, praying for the train to come out of the tunnel on the platform.
And even if he had told his parents about the abuse “once or twice,” there was not much they could do.
“At the time, they weren’t as vigilant as we were with our children. [nowadays]”, he said, adding, “They were kind of like, ‘Go to a park and come on time for dinner.’ And that was it.
Broderick has been married to “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker since 1997.
The couple share three children: son James Wilkie, 20, and twin daughters Marion and Tabitha, 13.
New York Post