Perhaps unsurprisingly, Connery was the hardest drinker of all. Mulcahy recalls that on the plane ride to the shooting location, Connery produced a bottle of homemade Scotch, which is apparently a thing, and offered him a sip, which "blew his brains out." Later, after a mishap during a scene in which Clancy Brown was supposed to slice a table in two with his sword, a chunk of it nearly took Connery's head off. Brown called a special meeting to apologize to Connery, who waved him off with a cool "Maybe we'll use my stunt double more." That is not the reaction of a man who is not impaired by Scottish moonshine.
Aaron Sorkin Wrote A Few Good Men And Created The West Wing On Fucking Crack
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You don't have to get far into one of Aaron Sorkin's movies or TV shows, aka the Yelly White Guy Collection, to suspect he might be a fan of the screenplay polishing powder. Yet, it was still shocking when he was caught leaving a The West Wing wrap party and attempting to board a plane to Las Vegas with coke, weed, and shrooms in 2001, mostly because that's a pleasantly surprising variety. His writing may be one-note, but his drug choices sure aren't.
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His eye bags had developed whole miniature civilizations by then.
But Sorkin has a long history of that sort of thing. His career began in the very un-sober atmosphere of the Palace Theater, where he wrote A Few Good Men on napkins while serving people who were decidedly not a few good men. By then, he'd already started experimenting with pot and freebase cocaine. You know Jack Nicholson's famous "You can't handle the truth" speech? It's hard to believe that probably shared space with his stoned dick doodles at one point.
Later, while writing The American President (the movie that inspired The West Wing), Sorkin says, he smoked crack every single day in his hotel room at the Four Seasons. He insists he always wrote sober, then put up the Do Not Disturb sign and crack'd it up all night. As a matter of fact, Sorkin points to these habits as the reason the movie took three years to write. Well, yeah, Sorkin, that's because you're doing drugs wrong; you smoke the crack, then you write the entire screenplay in two and a half days.
Though "a romantic comedy starring the U.S. president" does sound exactly like a premise you'd come up with in that state.
Sorkin decided it was probably time for rehab, and after that small slip-up amid the pressures of coming up with inspirational speeches for President Martin Sheen, quit for good. But not before, presumably, smugly lecturing the TSA about the meaning of freedom, which they (especially the women) didn't understand, not because it's nonsense that sounds convincing only while you're listening to it but because they were clearly too stupid to comprehend his genius.
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