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to_dizzy
(crash course raver)
03/19/07 05:38 AM
Was Bowie coked up during TMWFTE?  

The Man Who Fell To Earth was filmed in 1976, the time of Bowie's heaviest cocaine use. Do you think there was ever a time during the filming of the movie that Bowie was on coke? I think there was, and it's obvious from the movie.

There is a scene where Bowie is wearing tinted glasses, watching a bank of tv sets, where I feel he is obviously stoned. This may be the reason he is wearing the dark glasses. Perhaps the scene called for him to be stoned.

I don't feel that Bowie could have gone the entire filming period without doing cocaine. There were times when he was abusing the drug and walked on the set that way. After all, he was known to write, record and perform on cocaine, why not shoot a film on the drug?



Emil
(acolyte)
03/19/07 06:36 AM
...yes? new [re: to_dizzy]  

I was under the impression that he was under the influence almost constantly during his waking hours. But hey, I'm a Swede - I can't say I really know how those things work!

It's LABRYNTH, idiot!

96dbFreak
(acolyte)
03/19/07 05:54 PM
Re: Was Bowie coked up during TMWFTE? new [re: to_dizzy]  

I'm sure I've read that he told Nick Roeg/the producers that he'd sworn off it for the duration. I don't believe it for a minute. By all accounts he was heavily addicted. Heavy addicts don't do cold turkey real well. Doing cold turkey at the same time as performing in his first proper acting job as the lead in a big budget movie? Yeah, right.

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to_dizzy
(crash course raver)
03/20/07 02:43 PM
Re: Was Bowie coked up during TMWFTE? new [re: 96dbFreak]  

Yes, let me make it clear that the reason I made this post was that he was supposedly "vice free" during the filming. Richard Dreyfuss has gone on record as saying that during a film he was in, playing a bed ridden paraplegic,he was extremely coked up all the time.



ziggfried
(acolyte)
03/20/07 04:45 PM
Re: Was Bowie coked up during TMWFTE? new [re: to_dizzy]  

In reply to:

Richard Dreyfuss has gone on record as saying that during a film he was in, playing a bed ridden paraplegic,he was extremely coked up all the time.


I wonder if he was on anything when he was filming Jaws. He would have needed to have been, to put up with Robert Shaw.



96dbFreak
(acolyte)
03/20/07 08:08 PM
Re: Was Bowie coked up during TMWFTE? new [re: ziggfried]  

Yes, I believe he was an amphetamine addict at the time.

To look at him you wouldn't think that Richard Dreyfuss was a complete deviant, would you?

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globule2
(crash course raver)
03/20/07 10:32 PM
Re: Was Bowie coked up during TMWFTE? new [re: 96dbFreak]  

In reply to:

The Man Who Fell To Earth was filmed in 1976



1975, actually. With regards to the question, given that he was snorting heavily before and after the filming (to the extent that a Berlin sobering up was self-prescribed) I doubt he went cold turkey for the filming. Also, he apparently spent a lot of down time cooped up in an Albuquerque hotel instead of taking in the sights.

With regards to the Maislin coke question posed elsewhere, it was another studio wizard - the engineer at Olympic in the UK - who apparently impressed upon Bowie that coke was an indispensible part of rock'n'roll.



theidiot2
(kook)
03/21/07 05:25 AM
Re: Was Bowie coked up during TMWFTE? new [re: globule2]  

Apparently Nicholas Roeg decided Bowie would be perfect for his movie when he saw Cracked Actor, so I'd be surprised if he expected (or even wanted) Bowie to stay totally clean for the duration of the shoot.



As pedantic as WildWind

to_dizzy
(crash course raver)
03/21/07 09:25 AM
Re: Was Bowie coked up during TMWFTE? new [re: theidiot2]  

Isn't there an anecdote that Roeg tells in which Bowie crushed up No Doze and snorted it with him?



Claude
(sound & visions)
03/21/07 04:11 PM
Re: Was Bowie coked up during TMWFTE? new [re: to_dizzy]  

Yes!

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