Dennis Quaid reveals his past struggle with fame and drugs
Actor and part-time rock musician Dennis Quaid swung by BUILD Series to chat about the newest season of 'Fortitude,' which is available to stream on Amazon today. The horror/mystery TV show follows a remote Arctic town that's rocked by its first ever murder, which leads to even more gruesome events.
In the Iceland-filmed show, Quaid plays "an ex-pat fisherman whose wife has Lou Gehrig's Disease, and my quest is to save her."
Quaid, who was most recently seen in the film 'A Dog's Purpose' and also plays in the band Dennis Quaid and the Sharks, described 'Fortitude' as "a little bit of sci-fi, a little bit of thriller...Even the characters in the show are confused about what's going on--that's what makes it interesting."
Quaid went on to open up about his struggle with fame and substance abuse in the late eighties.
"Around ['Great Balls of Fire!,' the fame] got out of control, because I got out of control. It was overwhelming," he said. "Like, 500 people rocking my trailer outside, I had to be escorted to set. The job of an actor is to observe life and it felt like life was observing me. I didn't get to experience my own life. And then the blow didn't help."
Quaid pointed out that his lower middle class background didn't prepare him for the limelight, and he didn't feel worthy of stardom.
"I asked God to take [the fame] away and he kind of did," explained Quaid. "[My career] really started again with 'The Parent Trap.'"
Quaid's career has definitely included portraying numerous iconic characters, and 'Fortitude's' Michael Lennox promises to be his latest.