Every year, after Hollywood's supply of explosions runs out at the end of the summer, audiences get to relax by watching smaller, more realistic movies based on real people like Captain Phillips and Machete. These true stories tend to be inspiring tales meant to uplift the human soul, and hopefully score an Oscar nomination or 10.
However, as we've pointed out before, if these movies showed you what happened after the last scene, many of them would go from "uplifting" to "sadomasochistic." Real people don't simply stop existing after the credits roll, but when you find out what they did next, you'll probably wish they had.
5Ray -- Ray Charles Was a Jerk to 'the Love of His Life,' Drank Himself to Death
Before Jamie Foxx was shooting white people to save Kerry Washington in Django Unchained, he was shooting heroin in front of her as Ray Charles in the biopic Ray. The movie ends when Charles finally kicks his drug addiction, as poetically represented in a touching scene where the ghost of his mother makes him promise: "You'll never let nobody or nothing turn you into no cripple, ever again."
If only modern medicine recognized the therapeutic benefit of ghosts.
And then, even though he was a womanizing devil throughout the entire film, the renewed Charles is welcomed back into the open arms of his one true love, his wife, Della Robinson (Washington). In the last scene, the two kiss during an official "Ray Charles is awesome" ceremony in the '70s, surrounded by their three happy children.The Unpleasant Epilogue:
Absent from that scene: Charles' six to nine additional kids (apparently he lost count somewhere along the way) with up to eight other mothers. His complete inability to keep it in his pants eventually led Della to get fed up with all the cheating and procreating, and she took him to court in 1976. Charles didn't let a nasty divorce proceeding sour him on the joys of hooking up with ladies, so he did that again. And again, and again.
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Due to a misunderstanding, he was technically married to Kermit between 1975 and 1976.
As for getting clean, Charles did kick his heroin addiction, only to immediately replace it with a different one (besides women and baby-making). He started drinking massive quantities of liquor for breakfast, with a side of marijuana for dinner every day, because it was what "kept him going." Yeah, that's an addict. Even the man himself admitted that he had successfully drank himself to death when, shortly after being diagnosed with alcoholic liver disease, he said: "If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself."
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"At the very least I would've spent more actual time in Georgia, instead of just reminiscing."
His liver self-destructed in 2004, taking the rest of him with it. Presumably, he's still being scolded by his ghost mom in the afterlife for lying to her about that whole "staying clean" thing.