This back in the day going to be a huge star teen who was in an installment of a massive franchise directed by an A++ list director and starring a foreign born permanent A+ list actor, is so out of it right now that his sex workers have all left him and all he does all day is drink and do drugs.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
A++ list director: James Cameron
Permanent A+ list actor: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Why Hollywood won’t cast Edward Furlong anymore
With the release of 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Edward Furlong catapulted from anonymous 13-year-old to teen idol superstar. His debut as the youthful renegade John Connor under the protection of his slowly-becoming-sentient robot patriarch earned him the MTV Movie Award for Best “Breakthrough Performance.” Furlong went on to star opposite some of Hollywood’s top talents, including Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Edward Norton. As is too often the case, however, his early peak gave way to tough times in adulthood. Furlong’s story plays out like a textbook case of former child stardom. Here’s why Hollywood said “hasta la vista” to the once-promising actor.
Part of Edward Furlong’s story plays out like those of formerly troubled young stars like Macaulay Culkin, Christian Slater, and Drew Barrymore. Furlong first went into rehab to kick cocaine and alcohol in 2000, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the sordid string of events that followed. In 2001, he was hospitalized for an overdose after a night out with Paris Hilton and Natasha Lyonne. Later that year he was busted twice in the same night, once for driving without a license and again, just four hours later, for a DUI. A series of court-ordered stints in rehab and various other legal problems have slowed the actor’s efforts to regain ground in Tinseltown—and prevented him from reprising his role as John Connor in T3: Rise of the Machines, in which the part went to another yet-to-be troubled young actor, Nick Stahl.
At the time Edward Furlong was cast in T2, his family was already embroiled in domestic troubles. He’d been living with his aunt and uncle when news broke that he would star with mega-star Arnold Schwarzenegger in what would become one of the biggest blockbusters in history, and the announcement spurred a heated custody battle between his birth mother and his surrogate parents, who were also acting as his managers. The battle extended well beyond the film’s production, casting a dark thundercloud over the dusty road of Furlong’s future.
Despite being sought after for high-profile parts, the 15-year-old stirred controversy by getting engaged to his 29-year-old former tutor (and on-set stand-in) Jacqueline Domac. His family’s concern eventually led to his legal and financial emancipation. His former guardians unsuccessfully tried to charge Domac with statutory rape, but the relationship imploded on its own: Domac claimed that Furlong was physically abusive, finally suing him for withholding funds she’d earned as his manager. – Source
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