Saturday, May 29, 2010

RIP Dennis Hopper

Today we've lost a great actor and director. I loved Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet, Apocalypse Now, and, of course, the classic Easy Rider. He always played these characters on the edge. And I suppose that makes sense because he led much of his life teetering there himself. Hopper gave up booze and drugs in the mid 1980s but always identified primarily as a recovering alcoholic. He has said:

"The alcohol was awful. I was a terrible alcoholic. I mean, people used to ask how much drugs I did. I said, `I only do drugs so I can drink more`. I was doing the coke so I could drink more. I mean, I don`t know any other reason. I`d start drinking in the morning. I`d drink all day long."

and

"I`ve been sober now for 18 years [said in 2001]. With all the drugs, psychedelics and narcotics I did, I was [really] an alcoholic. Honestly, I only used to do cocaine so I could sober up and drink more. My last five years of drinking was a nightmare. I was drinking a half-gallon of rum with a fifth of rum on the side, in case I ran out, 28 beers a day, and three grams of cocaine just to keep me moving around. And I thought I was doing fine because I wasn`t crawling around drunk on the floor."

These two quotes alone capture the utter insanity of alcoholism. Hopper himself is testament to the blessings of sobriety. Rest in peace, man.

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