We used to tell him, Lou, there's a disease with your name all over it, pal! Somebody says, "You want some crack? Yeah yeah yeah once agian the incredible Mr. With Denis, I think about writing, creating and producing a show like Rescue Me , and I don't have the brain cells for that. For no reason whatsoever. We had to get over that bell bottom hump. So the guy was clean and sober when I was working with him on the television show, but he had been a pill head and kind of a mess — and he had had a mistress while he was married, and he had both things going on which was what the show was about.
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Everybody comes from a dysfunctional family all of the sudden, huh? I like Leary as an actor, but his best stand-up is not as good as Hick's worst. I love to eat red meat. I'll be twenty feet tall. I am sick and tired of hearing that fucking speech. And try and fail to spell "Jigglypuff"! Race riots, drive by shootings, subway crashes, construction cranes collapsing on the sidewalks, manhole covers blowing up and asbestos shooting into the sky.
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Always was, always will be, ok? And right from the outset, Rescue Me , at a time when the world was rightly honoring firefighters and putting them up on a pedestal for very good reasons, you said, "I get that, but they're real people, too. For Denis Leary, success isn't all about angry rants and raw humor. My parents used to beat the living shit out of me! You know what I'm saying, folks? Being a control freak with ADD really helps.
But when Amy Winehouse died, I wrote an entire obituary for her, devoid of sympathy. He thought he could just show up and goof on current events, but Giraldo came to play. There has to be something to justify it. The best relationships you have in business and in life are authentic. Most guys do 30 or 40 or 60 takes, you know.