I have this theory that actors did a lot of drugs in the 1960s and 70s. Also, the 80s and 90s. And probably the 00s and 10s, too. I don’t have a lot of evidence, but I’ve just got this hunch that famous people with a lot of money like to party and take a lot of drugs. But now author Marc Eliot has blown my research away with his new biography, “Nicholson,” in which he reveals, among other things, that celebrated 76-year old actor Jack Nicholson used a lot of drugs throughout his career.
According to Radar, Eliot’s book tells the story of how Nicholson used drugs like LSD, marijuana and cocaine to fuel his creative process, and I, for one, am simply shocked.
“Jack’s experiences with the drug were life-changing,” Eliot says. “He believed after taking it the first time that he had seen the face of God. He also had castration fantasies, homoerotic fantasies, and revelations about not being wanted as an infant.”
And as Jack began to get into screenwriting, acid was coursing through his veins, Eliot writes, claiming he wrote the screenplay for 1967′s The Trip while, appropriately, on a trip of his own.
He also “regular got stoned and dropped acid” during the writing of the Monkees feature Head the next year, Eliot claims.
His ex-girlfriend Susan Anspach once claimed that he used cocaine to get through the infamous crying scene in 1970′s Five Easy Pieces. “Jack took one toot for every six takes,” she said, and it took 39 takes for him to get it right. “He frequently left the set to snort.”
By the late 80s and 90s, Eliot writes, Jack’s drug use came to a halt due to physical problems and grief over the deaths of several close friends. But the truth remains that much of his early success was intertwined with drug use, as he himself has admitted. (Via Radar)
Oh that’s right, we’ve all known about this for a long time. I knew I was forgetting something. Either way, I guess I’ll start researching my new theory that famous men like to have sex with a lot of different women. I bet nobody has any stories about Nicholson and sex.