I should have been dead ten times over. I've thought about that a lot. I believe in miracles. It's an absolute miracle that I'm still around.
I've been sober now for 18 years. With all the drugs, psychedelics and narcotics I did, I was [really] an alcoholic. Honestly, I only used to do cocaine so I could sober up and drink more. My last five years of drinking was a nightmare. I was drinking a half-gallon of rum with a fifth of rum on the side, in case I ran out, 28 beers a day, and three grams of cocaine just to keep me moving around. And I thought I was doing fine because I wasn't crawling around drunk on the floor.
Dennis Hopper was a survivor, an icon, an 'easy rider'. And a really good actor, director and painter. But I think that his masterpiece was his absolutely 'bigger than life' own real life. Ciao, Dennis!
Rebel Without a Cause #1. Albert Camus