Famous Alcoholics: Samuel L Jackson

by The Discovering Alcoholic on February 21, 2010

One of my favorite actors, I’ve enjoy watching Samuel L Jackson play a drug addict, hit man (Jules Winnfield ruled), and Jedi master over the years but of course that’s not what earns him a post on TDA. I know many might scoff at my use of “earn” when it comes to being the subject of one my post, but I can think of no better word for a recovering alcoholic that has soberly navigated the caustic entertainment industry for nearly twenty years.

Instead of rehashing his bio I thought it might be better to share a few of his quotes from past interviews that I found interesting, like this one where he admits regardless of the high station he has achieved career-wise he still understands the humbling nature of the disease.

The irony is I never got to taste Cristal. Back then, Moët was my champagne of choice. Now I get sent crates of Cristal and I ain’t never tasted the stuff. Ain’t that a bitch?’… Joking aside, does he ever feel like having a drink, maybe raising a glass of champagne or two to his own extraordinary success? ‘Hell yeah, there are days when I feel like that, but I don’t do it. I ain’t the kind of guy who can have one drink. I never could. That’s what I have to remember. I never had one drink in my whole life. ~ Celebitchy.com

And then there is this one on the bastardization of “Hollywood” AA that was very revealing.

“It’s just too weird. You hear guys saying stuff like, ‘I’ve been hitting the red wine too heavy and I need to stop, but I want to keep smoking reefer (cannabis) and doing cocaine.’ In New York, rehab is for real. You sit next to guys who were IV users, guys who stole s#!, guys who sold their bodies. In Los Angeles you are sitting next to a guy who wants to go easy on the fine wine. Man, that’s a symptom of something right there.” ~ Bitten and Bound

Much like another famous alcoholic, Alice Cooper, Mr. Jackson counts golf as a major part of his recovery program. He even goes so far as to include golf breaks in his movie contracts, a smart way to break away from the rat race and “let go of the business of Hollywood”.

If you noticed, I used a picture of his latest role as Nick Fury above because I am very excited about the upcoming Iron Man 2… another tie-in to famous alcoholics. Click below to see the trailer and catch a glimpse of Samuel Jackson as General Fury.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Trev February 25, 2010 at 4:07 pm

How come your busting sams anonimity????

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2 The Discovering Alcoholic February 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Just in case you didn’t notice Trev, the links I referred to are from interviews with Mr. Jackson where he openly discussed his recovery and other issues.

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