MOVIE NEWS – Edward Furlong feels his sanity has given him a “second chance” in life and career after recently finishing work on Charlie’s Horse.
Former child star Edward Furlong has put his drug problems behind him once and for all. And he has recently re-launched his film career. As a teenager, Furlong was one of the most popular rising stars in Hollywood, with memorable roles in films such as Terminator 2: Judgment Day and American History X. Still, the entry of drugs and alcohol into the picture led to years of personal struggles and problems with the law, including multiple drug-related arrests.
In recent years, Edward Furlong’s acting career has slowed considerably.
He did have a cameo of sorts in the 2019 film Terminator: Dark Doom, but it was done by digitally pasting his face onto a doppelgänger. Furlong hasn’t appeared in a movie since, but that’s all about to change. In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Furlong revealed that he recently finished filming the Brad Keller movie Charlie’s Horse in Texas.
In the interview, the actor also explained how the call came after he finally got clean, noting that he has been completely sober for the past four years. Edward Furlong explained how much better it feels to be sober on a film set, which made the hard road to sobriety so much more worth it. He hopes it will lead to more roles for him, as he loves acting. As Edward Furlong puts it:
“It feels great to be back on set and sober too. I didn’t feel hungover when I went to work.”
“There’s other sober people at work which is weird because if you’re not sober, you’re not hanging out with the other sober people. It was cool. I really enjoyed it and I feel like I can be more in the moment. I love to work. We’ll see what happens.”
Edward Furlong became a global celebrity overnight after appearing in Terminator 2. The sudden stardom made Furlong famous in Hollywood, and looking back, the former child star feels he was unprepared for it.
“I had a lot of awesome things happen but everything comes with a price, nothing is free. When I was younger, I didn’t have too many people looking out for me and I was left to run wild. I didn’t know how to manage my money. If I was older, I wouldn’t have made so many bad decisions. I was never a normal teenager. I had a very un-normal life.”
“I was almost destined for [drug addiction]. In a weird way, I never really felt like I fit in. So, when I was high, I had camaraderie with other people. Just drinking and partying. All of a sudden, I felt like I was with people and I fit in somehow. That’s how it started.”
In 2017, Furlong was ordered by a judge to attend a six-month drug rehabilitation program or face 36 months of probation.
He ended up spending a year in a California rehabilitation centre, and after coming out of the facility clean, he has managed to stay sober ever since. Edward Furlong cites sobriety as his most outstanding achievement and looks forward to reaching his fifth year of sobriety.
Furlong says years of chronic methamphetamine use have severely damaged his teeth. He recently had his dentures replaced and said it helped him feel like he had a second chance because before the surgery, every time he saw himself in the mirror, he was reminded of his struggles. With her new set of teeth and the chance to work as an actor on set again, Furlong feels better than she has in years and can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Source: Daily Mail