Brat: An 80s Story // Andrew McCarthy

“McCarthy, as a means of disengaging with the self-absorption demanded by the industry, began to focus on the technology of acting – the cameras, the lights – and techniques for managing an accelerating anxiety. It was suggested that he masturbate before performing ‘to take the edge off’, but generally, he preferred to drink. At the premiere of Pretty in Pink (1986), his first major hit, McCarthy walked out onto Hollywood Boulevard, ‘looking for a place to hide.’ Finding a low-grade bar, he began downing straight vodka.”

– from my review of Andrew McCarthy’s Brat: An 80s Story, published here.

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