Paul Bettany reveals he turned to drugs, to cope with brother’s death. Bettany is an English actor and started being recognised when he appeared in Gangster No. 1. The tragedy happened when Bettany was sixteen and his younger brother was eight, he fractured his skull in a freak accident, and decades later he found it difficult to cope so for his reason he turned to drugs alcohol and cocaine helping him come to terms.
Dring the next years of his life, he left his home finding work as a street busker until he got his break in the hit movie ‘A Knight’s Tale,
but became heavily dependent on the substances.
”[It was] manic. I don’t know if I was aware I was numbing myself at the time. I don’t think [there was anger]. It was nobody’s fault. It was the awfulness that is bad luck. Had there not been a heavy dew that morning.”
Bettany and his wife, Jennifer Connelly have children Stellan, eleven, and Agnes, three, also reveals,
the accident still impacts on his daily life and has caused him to feel increasingly anxious following the birth of his children.
In an interview with The Times newspaper, he said:
”I think (the accident) is the very centre of my feeling that life is precarious, but I think I’m becoming better at it. As more years pass without another catastrophe, I realise that the worst-case scenario often doesn’t happen.
”I am definitely feeling calmer on that but don’t think it will ever entirely leave. It’s an indelible worry.”
A little more on Bettany, he is from Shepherd’s Bush, London, the son of a stage singer, theatre teacher, and stage manager, and a dancer, actor, and drama teacher.