Monday, August 24, 2009

Ben Stiller + Heroin + Alf

Throw in some Elizabeth Hurley and Owen Wilson, and you get "Permanent Midnight (1998)". It is the true story of ALF writer (among other things) Jerry Stahl's battle with drug addiction, and it is both sad and hilarious.

"Comedy writer Jerry Stahl (Ben Stiller), whose $6000-a-week heroin habit had him taking his infant daughter along on his drug runs and doing smack during TV script conferences. Departing detox, Stahl explores memories with survivor Kitty, who listens patiently to Stahl's flashback. Other women in Stahl's life are his British wife Sandra (Elizabeth Hurley) and his agent Vola. For the TV series "Mr. Chompers" (inspired by ALF), Stahl meets with sitcom exec Craig Ziffer and puppeteer Allen. For freaky freebasing, Stahl hangs with mumbler Nicky and druggie Gus."

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