Jack Black is speaking openly about his history with substance abuse.
In an interview with the Herald Sun, the 49-year-old “School of Rock” star spoke about how he personally related to his new film, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot”, in which he plays an alcoholic.
“I have experience in the world of addiction,” Black said. “Alcoholism is in my family, so I know personally what that is about and I myself also struggled.”
He added, “In my wild, younger years I’ve definitely gone down some risky roads and I’m very fortunate to still be alive, to be honest with you. I partied pretty hard, and man, I definitely had a very robust, ridiculous, idiotic period in the ’80s.”
Black has spoken about his teenage drug addiction before, telling Parade magazine in 2016, “I was having a lot of troubles with cocaine… I was hanging out with some pretty rough characters. I was scared to go to school (because) one of them wanted to kill me. I wanted to get out of there.”
The actor is now sober and has been married since 2006 to artist Tanya Hayden, with whom he has two sons.