But there’s one obvious flipside to the popularity – millions of people watch your every step. Actors are often emotionally neurotic, melancholic even. It is hard to relax when you are under constant scrupulous attention. The never-ending need to get into different characters, to portray them as believable as possible, and intense filming schedule require a particular attitude and enormous dedication. In an attempt to relax after such a tiresome process, many turn to a well-known antidepressant – alcohol. The majority don’t even realize how this destructive habit escalates into a disease.
However, Depp is not the only person in Hollywood prone to addiction. Alcohol has turned Mel Gibson into a literal psychopath. The last two decades of Gibson’s life is nothing but a series of high-profile scandals, leading to a lot of work for his PR team. According to the actor, his life is an ongoing struggle with alcoholism. The same problem has plagued the lives of Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin and the star of a television sitcom Friends Matthew Perry. Even someone as young as Daniel Radcliffe, who gained worldwide recognition after starring in the Harry Potter franchise had publically opened up about his alcohol use.
Johnny Depp repeatedly came to a grave realization about his problem before finally seeking medical attention in 2013. A number of his most recent films, for example, a biographical crime drama Black Mass and an action-comedy Mortdecai were total flops. Despite his immense talent and creative potential, the film studios are reluctant to sign new contracts with the actor.