Welp, Here’s Video Of Angelina Jolie Supposedly Strung Out On Coke And Heroin

Angelina Jolie on the phone while strung out on heroin in 1999Angelina 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.

Whether that’s true or not, it’s certainly jarring to see Angelina in the footage, pacing around her bare apartment on the phone with her father, Jon Voight, scratching at her skin with filthy fingernails. Her hair is messily dyed, her skin is sallow, and her eyes are wild, and all of a sudden I completely understand what Angelina was talking about when she told 60 Minutes in 2011 that she was lucky to be alive:

“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.

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    • Elizabeth Aspen

      Oh, so what. Angie won’t be ashamed of it, and she shouldn’t be – look how far she’s come. She’s super-rich, an incredible actress, a fabulous mother, and a great humanitarian. If anything, she can show this to her kids someday as a cautionary tale.

    • Lily Savage

      This gave me the chills.

      • Elizabeth Aspen

        Why, because she’s talking on the phone?

      • Lily Savage

        Her mannerisms and look remind me of her performance in Girl Interrupted. A role she was amazing in and definitely chill inducing.

    • Lackadaisical

      What a vulture he is to secretly film her under the influence and sell it to the media years later when she has turned her life around. This doesn’t really tell us anything new as she has been honest about her past, it just gives a nasty little bit of voyeuristic pleasure to those who are jealous of her fame and fortune or who disapprove of her. I shan’t be watching it as I would feel a bit weird watching footage of her years ago when she was at her worst but whatever she may be like as a person I can respect the strength it takes to kick a drug habit.

      • JenH1986

        Isn’t he the guy who sold photos of her from this time period a few years ago? I’m guessing his time in prison didn’t teach him anything.

    • t

      Ha! I wish my mother were that coherent and moving on heroin. There is no way you will ever convince me this is Angie on heroin.