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why can't we have drunk celebrities like this any more?

February 5th, 2008 (05:16 pm)

Substance abuse is ever more popular in Hollywood; you've pretty much got a tough job finding the celebrities who aren't deeply screwed up or on drugs. So here's a question: if we've got so many drunk or drugged out celebrities, how come so few of them are *cool* drunks or fuggies? You know what I mean: the ones who do balls-out stupid stuff, but have a style about it that you can't help but admire, in a perverse way -- roguishness, I guess, is what I'm looking for.

Case in point: Oliver Reed.

I ran across this Youtube clip of Oliver Reed drunk on talk shows, and there's something in it that's just glorious. Reed is astoundingly skunked (even more so than this guy), and he's not immune to horrifying moments -- a bit where he attempts to sing rock'n'roll must be seen to be believed. But the candor, the cheerfulness, and the moments of surprising tenderness (watch, particularly, his answer to the question "Why do you drink?"), give him a panache that modern celebrity inebriants just don't have.

The past got this; we have Paula Abdul. It ain't fair.


Posted by: trinfaneb (trinfaneb)
Posted at: February 6th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)

I'm guessing that celebrity handlers and talk show backstage people have better sense these days than to let them go onstage drunk or high. But in the last couple of years Danny Devito did manage to get sloshed and go on "The View" and SNL star Tracy Morgan has managed to do at least one local tv talk show high as a kite. With the threat of FCC fines, I don't think most live shows are brave enough to risk what a drunk/high celeb might say.

Personally I think celebs are stupid to buy into the cliche of substance abuse. I think some of think its something that's almost goes along with the territory. But the truth is that many people's bodies can't handle drugs or alchol very well and those are usually the people who OD or die or have major problems.

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