Thursday, April 13, 2006

West Wing Crackwhores?!?

Fans of The West Wing may recall that one of the first season's running storylines is how staffer Sam Seaborn handled his friendship with a hooker.  Her role on the show was to point out that hookers are people too.  Well, now we know why.  Looks like Aaron Sorkin wrote that particular character arc based on a true story... his own.  Except in the real-life version, there was a shitload of crack.

I knew about Sorkin's drug history, and how he was caught on the way to Vegas after Season 2 had wrapped with a suitcase full of drugs for his own use.  But I didn't know about the crack.  I mean, good lord... crack?!?  Drugs, sure, but crack?!?  I don't understand how someone who is otherwise functional could ever get sucked into crack.  Maybe it's good that I don't, but still.

Anyway, given that he's spent the last few years sobering up and prepping for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, hopefully we won't have another meltdown.  It'd be nice if we could get more than a couple years' worth of bulletproof Sorkin on a particular series.  But his frenetic process doesn't really lend itself to not being on drugs.  We'll see.


  1. The coolest part is that he made his own crack -- what dedication to craft!

  2. Yeah, no kidding. I mean, that's just proof that not only was he a crackhead, but he was really serious about it. The way you guys are all super-serious about beer, Aaron Sorkin was serious about crack. I wonder if he had a favorite varietal.

  3. Maybe he was just being frugal -- making crack, i hear, is the best way to stretch your coke dollar.