Actor Dennis Quaid made a startling candid confession about Hollywood culture to the press about cocaine use and drug addiction?
The Big Easy actor Dennis Quaid has opened up about his former cocaine addiction. But the story he tells is remarkable in itself, though unsurprising. The green celebrity actor reveals that Hollywood hands the stuff out like candy. In fact, Dennis Quaid said in an interview with Newsweek, cocaine was practically a part of the job — a perk if you will for actors requiring long hours, many retakes, and pressure to get it done quickly and correctly for teeming audiences looking to see the next star.
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. So it was insidious, the way it snuck up on everybody.
Cocaine has become a huge problem for many star celebrities. Charlie Sheen, ousted star of Two and a Half Men has admitted to doing a seven gram rock in a single sitting, not to mention his problem with alcohol. Then there is Paris Hilton, who was busted last year on cocaine possession charges. Gary Busey, now on Celebrity Apprentice nearly died of a cocaine overdose in 1995. Then there’s also Whitney Houston, Kate Moss, and Robert Downey, Jr., all with cocaine problems. There are countless more as well. Call them The Cocaine Fiends if you like (worth checking out; it’s pretty funny).
So green celebrity Dennis Quaid certainly is not the only one drug addiction. Countless green celebrity (and not so green) actors, singers, and other stars still are suffering from drug addiction. But Dennis Quaid is speaking out about how easily drug addiction creeps up on celebrities. And Quaid said that for him, even attempting rehab, his drug addiction only got worse before it got better.
The actor, younger brother of Oscar winning actor Randy Quaid, said that the drug abuse caused his life to fall apart. “Doing blow just contributed to me not being able to handle all that fame, which, at the time, I guess I felt I didn”t deserve. I”d wake up, snort a line, and swear I wasn”t going to do it again that day, meanwhile, my life was falling apart,” he said.
But the green celebrity has remained positive. “In the end, it taught me humility. I really learned to appreciate what I have in this life,” Dennis Quaid told Newsweek. Quaid has put a lot of time and effort into charity work. He has his own Quaid Charity Weekend, gathering celebrities once a year to raise money for international and local charities. And he founded The Quaid Foundation to raise awareness of medical errors after his newborn twins received a near fatal hospital overdose of Heparin in 2007, according to LookToTheStars. Dennis Quaid also supports other charitable causes, including Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America, the International Hospital for Children, the Muhammed Ali Parkinson Center, and cancer research through the NCCRA.