Angelina Jolie has always been open about the dark things in her past, but for some reason I never absorbed how serious things must have gotten for her until I saw this video in which she’s allegedly strung out on heroin.
We’ve been hearing about this footage for a while now, but this is the first time it’s actually found its way to the internet. It’s sixteen minutes long and was shot in 1999 by a man named Franklin Meyer who claims two things — A. to have been her drug dealer at the time and B. to have shot it with her permission, saying:
“Angie was a client of mine for several years. I sold her heroin and cocaine. One day she called me up and wanted me to drop by her place. That was her way of telling me she wanted me to bring her drugs. At the time, I had just bought a video camera and decided to bring it along. When I arrived, I just gave her the drugs and then she gave me the money.”
Scary stuff, especially when combined with the footage, which was recently sold to The National Enquirer.
“I went through heavier, darker times and I survived them. I didn’t die young, so I’m very lucky. There are other artists and people who didn’t survive certain things. I think people can imagine that I did the most dangerous and I did the worst. For many reasons I shouldn’t be here. You think of those too many times where you came close to too many dangerous things, too many chances taken too far.”
Franklin says that when Angelina was in the city, she used to call him two or three times a week, and each time she’d spend about $100. If that’s true, that’s a startlingly high level of drug-intake, which makes it all the more incredible that Angelina has not only made it to her late thirties, but done so as such an impressive, mature person.
This is a scary video, but sometimes you have to come through something like this to become the person you’re supposed to be. Props to Angelina for making it through this so admirably.