In the midst of promoting his inspirational new film — the true story of a young girl overcoming tragedy — Dennis Quaid opens up about his former cocaine
habit addiction. Well, that’s one way to make the headlines.
]]>short piece for Newsweek, in which he recalls his younger days in Hollywood. Read a few of his key quotes, below:
“I started after I left college and came to Los Angeles in 1974. It
was very casual at first. That’s what people were doing when they were
at parties. Cocaine was even in the budgets of movies, thinly disguised.
It was petty cash, you know? It was supplied, basically, on movie sets
because everyone was doing it. People would make deals. Instead of
having a cocktail, you’d have a line.”
“I’d wake up, snort a line, and swear I wasn’t going to do it again that
day. But then 4 o’clock rolled around, and I’d be right back down the
same road like a little squirrel on one of those treadmills.”
“I had one of those white-light experiences that night where I kind of
realized I was going to be dead in five years if I didn’t change my
ways. The next day I was in rehab.”
“But that time in my life–those years in the ’90s recovering–actually
chiseled me into a person. It gave me the resolve and a resilience to
persevere in life. If I hadn’t gone through that period, I don’t know if
I’d still be acting.”
Quaid stars in the new film “Soul Surfer,” which chronicles the story of Bethany Hamilton, who at 13-years-old, lost her arm in a terrifying shark attack. Incredibly, she returned to her board just one month later.
We don’t think coming clean about a cocaine habit is what the studio had
in mind for promoting their family friendly film, but whatever works.
Props for owning up to his mistakes, but crediting his success (in any
capacity) to drug use? We might have kept to ourselves.