Josh Brolin admits to past heroin use

By Julianne Mosher,

Josh Brolin recently revealed that he dabbled with hard drugs, including heroin, in his past.

The 46-year-old came out to The Guardian, claiming he was in a surf gang called the Cito Rats while growing up in Santa Barbara.

“It was Santa Barbara. It was the 80s. It was punk rock,” Brolin said. “You either had the children of rich, neglectful parents or children of poor, neglectful parents, so it was a mix. But we basically grew up the same way. I’ve never seen a group like that before or since.”

The son of actor James Brolin and wildlife activist Jane Cameron, Brolin also said that this gang he got involved with led him to explore drugs like heroin, the drug associated with the recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman on Feb. 2.

Brolin said that he and the group would often rob cars to buy drugs. “I tried heroin,” he continued. “That sounds so horrible when you put it like that. But yeah, I tried heroin. I mean, I never got into it and I never died from it, which is a good thing. I’ve had 19 friends who died. Most of those guys I grew up with, they’re all dead now.”

Despite experimenting with hard drugs as a teenager, he explained that being high was a meaningless experience for him because he has matured.

However, on New Year’s Day in 2013, Brolin was arrested in Santa Monica for public intoxication shortly after ending his almost nine-year marriage to actress Diane Lane.

image: By GabboT (Flickr: Labor Day 11) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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