Jon Cryer Clueless About Demi Moore's '80s Drug Battle

Demi Moore's past challenges highlight industry support

by Zain ul Abedin
Jon Cryer Clueless About Demi Moore's '80s Drug Battle
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Jon Cryer, reflecting on his brief romance with Demi Moore during their time in the 1984 film "No Small Affair," revealed his unawareness of her struggles with addiction at the time. "We dated for a short time while we were working on the film, but I guess our particular affair was, in fact, pretty small," he shared with PEOPLE magazine.

Cryer's discovery of Moore's battle was a surprise just weeks before their movie ended. In her candid 2019 memoir "Inside Out," Moore detailed her challenging journey, including entering rehab on the insistence of Joel Schumacher, director of "St.

Elmo’s Fire," before she began shooting the 1985 film. Despite initial treatment, Moore faced a relapse, leading to another round of rehab in 2012 for issues related to trauma, codependency, and substance abuse, as reported by The New York Times.

Further insight into Moore’s ordeal during the "St. Elmo’s Fire" era is provided in Andrew McCarthy’s upcoming Hulu documentary "Brats," which explores the lives of the 1980s Brat Pack actors. In the documentary, Moore recalls the rehab staff questioning her priorities, shockingly admitting, "The movie!

What are you talking about?" This response highlighted her lack of self-worth.

Support During Struggle

The production of "St. Elmo’s Fire" accommodated her needs by ensuring a sober companion was by her side around the clock.

Moore expressed gratitude to Schumacher for his unwavering support during her casting despite her lack of box-office pull at that time. "They could have just found someone else," she acknowledged, recognizing the risks Schumacher took on her behalf.

Recently, Moore spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her experiences filming the documentary. She expressed a poignant wish for a reunion with her Brat Pack peers, lamenting the missed chance for all to gather and reflect together.

"I had such a great time sitting down and talking with [McCarthy]. I'm sad there wasn't an opportunity where we were all sitting in a room together talking," she said. Her sentiments underscore deep nostalgia for a shared, formative period in their lives.

"Brats" is set to premiere on June 13 on Hulu. It promises viewers a deep dive into the iconic group's dynamic and individual challenges during their rise to fame in the 1980s.

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