The question is conspicuous by its absence.

Someone needs to ask the question– Why does this keep happening?

Why does great talent keep killing itself with drugs?

Phillip Seymour Hoffman is only the latest.

Is it the kind of person drawn to the performance arts?

Is it the pressure to be loved and admired?

Is it ingrained in the culture of Hollywood?

Is this the very nature of the beast?

Heath Ledger was a terrible waste.  So were Janis Joplin and Jimmy Hendrix and… good god, so many others it’s impossible to name them all.

And we, as a society, mourn the loss of an incredible talent but we don’t do anything to stop it. It’s the same loss over and over and over again.

I think Hollywood needs to take a good hard look in the mirror. Your co-dependence is showing and no amount of botox will fix that.

I am weary of these wonderful talented men and women dying all alone.

(Breaking my self-imposed hunt and peck silence because it’s the least I can do for an actor I admired from the first moment I saw him on the screen.)





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12 Responses to The question is conspicuous by its absence.

  1. This one is pretty sad and just plain senseless.

  2. So sad, Kat. I loved him the moment I saw him on the screen.

  3. Roberta says:

    Very sad. Great talent.

    So many performers seem to have holes so large that no amount of adulation can fill them. So they try to fill that emptiness with drugs of all sorts. Yet it is these very holes or needs that make them great talents in the performance fields.


  4. Yes, I guess, Roberta. Some actors and artists are riveting. And they die young.

  5. Ray Plasse says:

    Julia we remember the great ones who have died from drugs but there are many more unknowns who die from drugs every day. We always look at these famous deaths as tragedies but they are all tragedies. Drugs kill and they don’t discriminate by fame or talent. Let’s just hope at least one person learns from this terrible lesson.

  6. Yes, it’s true, Ray. I had friends who died of drug overdoses back in the day. My kids have had classmates die. It’s awful, and it’s unacceptable regardless of fame, creativity, talent, or lack thereof. I just think we border on complacency when it comes to famous people. Almost as if we expect them to use drugs, like it’s the norm. I don’t think there’s anything normal about it.

  7. Ray Plasse says:

    Well expected may not be the word I would choose. I think we all know how much easier it is for a celeb to acquire drugs. Also I think everyone uses drugs thinking “this can’t happen to me” and “I can stop using anytime I want”. :/

  8. Yes, again very true Ray. I suspect it’s a combination of magical thinking and a deep hole inside which drugs fill.

  9. Amber Skyze says:

    It’s very, very sad.

  10. Hoffman was immensely talented. I think of the range of abilities it took for him to play Truman Capote, Willy Lowman, and the priest in DOUBT.
    A life and talent ended too soon, by drugs and choices.
    There’s a line in the play-turned-movie DOUBT where the priest he plays says the world is too hard already… he goes on to finish about how ugly rumors make it worse.
    For him, it was many, many things that made the world and life too hard, but the sad bottom line was that he chose some of them.

  11. How tragically true, Marylin.