Thursday, June 14, 2007
So the Michael Barrymore-body by the pool story is back. I interviewed Barrymore about all this in March 2003. Recently I heard that he remembers the interview because I was rude about his furniture. But what was most striking to me was the fact that he simply could not understand my question, 'Do you regret anything?' Part of his confusion seemed to be the conflicting messages he was taking from Alcoholics Anonymous. On the one hand he was told he had a disease; on the other he was expected to apologise to - and feel remorse towards - those he had hurt. But his form of apology didn't seem to involve remorse because he told himself he had a disease and it wasn't, therefore, his fault. If this is the message of AA, then I can't see how it works since it is promoting a degree of moral confusion that is almost as dangerous as the condition it aspires to treat. But, anyway, Barrymore - another celebrity crash story, but an unusually odd and sad one.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 12:45 pm