Thursday, April 24, 2014   

Boozing British actors' antics not so romantic, columnist says
(12-17 18:41)

Irish actor Peter O'Toole who was reputed for his alcohol-fuelled exploits along with a few other actors of his generation, should not be romanticized for his wild ways, a columnist of the London Guardian said today.
Columnist Sophie Heawood asked her readers to consider the wives and children left behind to pick up the pieces of the actor's self-destructive behavior.
O'Toole died at the age of 81 years in London.
Along with actors Richard Burton and Richard Harris, O'Toole was known as a hell-raiser for his off screen drinking sprees.
"O'Toole used to say that he and his friends drank so wildly because they had grown up with the terrible spectre of war and now they could play, running around as freely as children. I wonder if their actual children, and wives, left behind to pick up the pieces, would find the psychology of self-destruction as simple as that,'' writes the Guardian's Heawood
She writes that "sometimes, it seems like all the most talented men of the British 20th century were total and utter boozehounds, quite prepared to generously donate their gifts to the bottom of a whisky glass, and after that, the floor of the pub.''

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