Sunday, July 25, 2010

Eric Roberts, You're a Lot Better than This

When I was a little kid, Eric Roberts scared the hell out of me playing a psychopathic scumbag in the movie "Star 80." It's one of those movies I haven't seen since then, because, well, it scared the hell out of me.

A year later he was fantastic as the annoying loser Paulie opposite Mickey Rourke in "The Pope of Greenwich Village."

And he keeps working. Check out his IMDB page. He seems to make about 4 or 5 movies a year. And it's not all dumb stuff like "Witless Protection" or "Sharktopus," either. He had a pivotal role in "The Dark Knight."

And in just a few weeks, he will be appearing in the new Sylvester Stallone-Jet Li-Jason Statham-etc movie "The Expendables," which just happens to be opening the same day as something his sister, Julia Roberts is appearing in.

So why would a man who seems to be doing so well, and who has so much going for him, lower himself to appear with the reprehensible "Dr." Drew Pinsky, on "Celebrity Rehab"?
Julia Roberts' brother Eric has checked into rehab - and his treatment will be televised.

The actor, who is actress Emma Roberts' father, has joined the cast of the new season of reality TV show Celebrity Rehab, where celebrity counselor Dr. Drew Pinsky will attempt to help the star battle his substance abuse demons once and for all.

The details of the actor's addiction problem are hazy, but his publicist Chuck Jones tells WENN, "It's not for anything serious. He's not hooked on prescription meds or hard drugs or anything like that."
First of all, why does an article about an accomplished actor like Eric Roberts have to begin by noting that he's the brother of Julia Roberts? He was in freaking "Runaway Train" for crying out loud.

Second, why is he associating with putrid Pinsky if he doesn't have a "serious" drug problem? Granted, I don't think that anyone who has an actual drug problem should associate with that piece of slime, but isn't the fiction of the "reality" show "Celebrity Rehab" that the participants have drug problems?

It's disheartening that anyone would consent to treatment that cretinous bastard, but you kind of expect it from someone whose career is on a decline, or someone who had no real "celebrity" career at all. Like those announced in VH1's official press release:
Similar to the first three cycles, the fourth season of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" will follow the real-life experiences of celebrity patients undergoing detoxification and treatment at the Pasadena Recovery Center. The show will include Jeremy London ("Party of Five," "7th Heaven"), Rachel Uchitel (Infamous Party Planner), Janice Dickinson ("The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency"), Leif Garrett (Musician), Frankie Lons (Keyshia Cole's Mother), Jason Wahler ("The Hills") and Jason Davis (Socialite).
So they have the guy who might or might not have been kidnapped and forced to take crack, the woman who procured female companionship for Tiger Woods, an obnoxious "super model," someone who was popular in the 1970s, someone who is apparently someone else's mother, someone who was on another MTV-networks "reality" show, and someone who is famous (I suppose) for going to parties.

And Eric Freaking Roberts.

You made this choice, Mr. Roberts. You don't have to do this. Do you? I mean, are you having financial troubles? You're in Sharktopolis! Isn't that low enough?

More from the press release:
Dr. Drew is a highly respected practicing MD board certified in internal and addiction medicine who will once again give viewers an unflinching look at exactly how the rehab process works and what it feels like for participants. Dr. Drew hopes to use his celebrity patients to humanize the process and show viewers that treatment is a viable way to break the cycle of addiction.
I have asked this before, but I would like to know what board "certified" this dangerous quack. I would like to know who respects this creature.

And no, "Celebrity Rehab" does not give viewers an unflinching look at exactly how the rehab process wroks and what it feels like for participants. It gives viewers an unflinching look at an asshole's massive ego, and his manipulation of people who are suffering (not from drug addiction, but from a desire to be on camera) to feed his own narcissism.

Dr. Drew Pinsky is a far worse villain than any Eric Roberts has ever played on film.

Maybe that's it--

Maybe Eric Roberts is playing a psychopathic quack "addiction specialist" who manipulates people for his own nefarious purposes. I guess it all makes sense, now.

If that's the case, I apologize to Mr. Roberts, and I salute you for your dedication. If it's not the case, well, then -- and this is something I rarely ever say to an actor -- you're better than this.

Eric Roberts memorably played a loathsome creep in "Star 80." Soon he'll be sharing the screen with another loathsome creep on "Celebrity Rehab."

Eric Roberts in Star 80 pic source -- a very good overview of the film.

1 comment:

shampoo said...

i saw star 80 just recently. he is creepy in that.

i read eric roberts had gone to rehab, but never did i dream it was THIS.