The ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’ alum also touched on hitting ‘rock bottom’ in 1991 and his quest for sobriety
Clint Howard has been opening up extensively about the performances of his time with the Ramones as a young Hollywood star.
The “Jungle Book” voice actor, 62, told Granthshala News that the punk rock group “embodied rock ‘n’ roll,” and that he felt the group emitted an aura that inspired him and others in 1979. Inspired to do his best work in the cult. Classic.
“I was really blown away when I was in his presence for the first time,” Howard said when he and brother Ron Howard, 67, were discussing their new memoir, “The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family.” Were, in which the pair chronicle their lives on different sets of showbiz moving forward. “They took what they did very seriously. And even though ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll High School’ was a comedy, in a way I was keeping it very loose because my character, Eaglebauer, this cynical sort of Wheeler-Dealer character. Was. ”
Howard stated that he was most impressed by the enthusiasm the band displayed during filming and in their preparation, despite the fact that they were essentially acting out what they did in real life.
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“He had his game face – JohnnyU [Ramone] – and I remember the drummers – especially Markyo [Ramone] – Man, oh man, he went on to do a little simple shot in the movie for about 30 minutes, playing drums,” Howard recalled the generational moment. So, he took it really seriously and gave me that opportunity. Loved it, and it’s another example in my lifetime that I’m so grateful that I was playing a 600-year-old alien in ‘Star Trek’ or I was in a movie with Hall of Fame punk band The Ramones. I was acting. I’ve been very lucky and I’m very grateful.”
Ron Howard, on his brother’s trip down memory lane, said he and Clint’s longevity were derived from the morality of their parents, Rance and Jean, who were born into them early – in fact “The Boys”. as a means of preventing falls. The many traps that come with a Hollywood upbringing and lifestyle.
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“Dad gave us a lot of discipline and a lot of respect for this process. And when I started my career between acting and directing, I ended up working with some of the all-time greats in the history of film and television,” he said . Explained.
“Whether it’s John Wayne, who I starred with, Jimmy Stewart, Betty Davis, who I directed — and then another generation of greats like Cate Blanchett and Tom Hanks and Russell Crowe and, you know, this It just keeps going. I just worked with Viggo Mortensen. He’s remarkable. Colin Farrell. It just keeps going,” Howard said.
He said that each of those stars has something in common with the legendary band born and raised in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens.
“It’s in line with what Clint Ramones was saying – at the highest level nobody skates through it. They all pay a price. It’s a work ethic; it’s a commitment to excellence. It’s the expectation of ourselves first and then the people around them that if we’re engaged in the project, we’re trying to maximize it. Is this a compromise, everyone? Yes, it is. So let’s go Let’s build on that principle. And I think we’ve learned it from the beginning, and I’ve seen it all my life, both in front of and behind the camera.”
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In “The Boys,” Clint Howard also sheds light on how he found sobriety in his later years.
On June 14, 1991, he said that he “cried uncle” because he no longer felt pleasure from drinking alcohol or using drugs. The actor marked his first day after repeatedly trying and failing to calm down.
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“Son, it’s been a long time,” he said. “I had hit rock bottom a couple of times and slid with bedrock a few times, and I finally realized that I had to go through life not my way, but my way of recovery.
“Early in my life when I went to some recovery meetings and things, I always thought ‘this is all great, but…’ and finally, in 1991, I thought of ‘but’ and I just said, ‘I Going to do it his way’ and I started getting success.”
He continued: “I thank God it was because he was sliding down the side of the cliff, leaving a lot of skin off your butt.”
Granthshala News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.