An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin McCarthy has two feature films in development: “Wonder Drug” with director Tom Gilroy (“Spring Forward”); and “Resistance” with director Si Wall (“The Dinner Party,” premiering November 2010). She also has a TV series treatment, “Free Skate,” which is currently being considered by top production companies.
Just before my sixteenth birthday, I saw FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF with my best friend Olga. As soon as newcomer Charlie Sheen appeared in the now-classic police station scene, we both turned to each other and said, “Who’s that?!”
Charlie was more than cute. He had that IT quality. We both knew he’d be a star, and soon we were suffering through VCR rentals like RED DAWN just to watch our Charlie.
PLATOON and WALL STREET showed the world that he could act. His comedic ability was later demonstrated in shows like “Spin City,” for which he won a Golden Globe. Admit it, you’ve even watched one of the countless “Two and a Half Men” reruns and caught yourself smiling at him. He can save a bad joke.
But now he needs to save himself. As I write this post, Charlie has been rushed to the hospital for “severe abdominal pains.” After his recent antics at NYC’s Plaza Hotel and Vegas’ AVN (Adult Video News) Awards, it doesn’t take much to imagine what triggered these pains.
Charlie, Charlie, Charlie. I don’t know you, but I worry about you.
Celebs are just people. When they’re caught in the web of addiction, they need treatment and support – not public mockery or distain. Many in society view celebrity addiction as entertainment when it’s not. It needs to be taken seriously.
All of the fame and money in the world can’t silence your inner demons or make you love yourself. These things come from within. Sobriety is “one day at a time,” and requires surrendering to the process of treatment.
Charlie, I hope you get well on every level. You’ve done it before. You can do it again.
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