Now sober for eight years, John Goodman has always been candid about his past problems with alcohol, revealing co-star Roseanne Barr once confronted him over his drinking.
“She was scared for me, but she was more confrontational,” Goodman explains on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show on Tuesday with Barr. “She’d already had a husband go through the process,” he says, referring to her ex-husband, Tom Arnold.
“It’s hard to watch,” adds Barr, who confronted Goodman during “Roseanne”‘s original television run.
Goodman, who has previously discussed his excessive drinking on the set of “Roseanne” and “The Big Lebowski”, says he would drink “anything that was wet and of a certain proof.”
“The last four years were pretty bad, and I was drinking at work and [Barr] was scared for me,” he says. “I was ashamed of myself, but I couldn’t stop.”
“Me and John, we have a friendship off the show, too,” Barr says. “John has held my head when I was barfing in a bar. I drank too much, too. I still do. I didn’t give [it] up like John.”
But Goodman isn’t the only “Roseanne” castmember that Barr felt protective of. The actress took on the role of den mother with the series’ younger castmembers as well.
“I was pissed at everybody. Like, I found out the crew was letting Sara Gilbert smoke pot with them and I was f***ing furious over that. I called her mom, I called everybody’s mom. Lecy [Goranson] was having trouble, too. I called her parents,” Barr explains. “I’m Jewish and I’m a mother. What do you want?”