Josh Brolin realised he was on a “destructive path” after his arrest and divorce last year.
The 46-year-old actor ran into trouble with the police in 2013 for public intoxication on the streets of Santa Monica. Just months later he went through a divorce with his wife of nine years, Diane Lane.
Josh believes his actions served as a wake-up call to get his life back on track.
“Well, [the divorce] was another turning point. It made me think of a lot of things. My mum dying when I was in my 20s. All the impact that had on me that I hadn’t moved past; I was always such a momma’s boy,” he recalled to British newspaper The Guardian.
“But I realized that I was on a destructive path. I knew that I had to change and mature. It was like I stepped back and saw the hamster wheel.”
Josh made his debut on the big screen in 1985 movie The Goonies and has gone on to star in hit films such as American Gangster and Milk.
Even now he is successful Josh still isn’t sure of his acting skills and has to get into the right mindset to be convincing.
“I’m an insecure guy. Skittish and scared. There’s this woman, Meryl Poster, who worked at Miramax. She told me later, ‘You and Benicio Del Toro were the worst auditioners we ever experienced. In all the thousands we saw. By far,’” he laughed.
“Any actor I became was completely and totally learned from doing a lot of really, really bad acting. Which still happens, incidentally. Every time I shoot a film I have to feel my way into the part. I have to learn to do less. The more affectations I have, the more I can hide. The more free I feel because it’s not coming from me.”
The star can next be seen as escaped convict Frank in upcoming movie Labor Day, which he stars in opposite Kate Winslet. For the role he grew his facial hair to make his character appear more menacing, which had an effect on people both on and off set.
“For some reason, my face, when I have a goatee, is pretty f**king scary. Even just in my life, I can see how it affects people,” he mused.
“I mean, I don’t have tattoos any more. I used to have a lot of tattoos. And I remember being in business meetings with these dumb jailhouse tattoos and I would see how people reacted. They were always very freaked out.”
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