In an interview with Details, Arrested Development star Jason Bateman recently spilled his guts about overcoming a drug problem that almost cost him his family.
“It was like Risky Business for 10 years,” he says of the nineties. “My parents were out of town, they left me a bunch of money, the car, and the house, and I didn’t know when they were coming home. I’d worked so hard that by the time I was 20, I wanted to play hard. And I did that really well.”
“Booze was what would make me want to stay out all night and do some blow or smoke a joint or whatever, so shutting that off was key. It’s like ketchup and French fries—I don’t want one without the other.”
He seems so nice and responsible, it’s kinda hard to believe that Jason was a hardcore party guy, but apparently his wife Amanda Anka almost walked out on him. It’s a good thing he straightened up, or the couple may never have had their daughter Francesca, 2 and 1/2.
“After coming home late one night, his wife finally gave him an ultimatum: Quit partying.
But he didn’t entirely stop. Things got so bad that she even took a planned holiday in Mexico without him. It was then, alone on a rainy Christmas morning, that he decided to go to an AA meeting.”
It’s become a cliche: another child actor, another story about a dad who had to overcome a whole lot just to be a normal-ish functioning adult…
It’s a pattern that repeats itself almost endlessly (think: Corey Feldman and Michael Jackson). And yet, Will Smith is encouraging both of his kids to pursue acting careers at the tender ages of 8 and 11.