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Faces & Names: Brolin reveals past heroin use

Josh Brolin belonged to a surfer gang called the Cito Rats and dabbled in hard drugs when he was a teenager, he said in a recent interview with The Guardian. Brolin opened up about his childhood, telling the British newspaper the Rats were a group of “children of rich, neglectful parents or children of poor, neglectful parents.”

“I tried heroin,” Brolin said. “That sounds so horrible when you put it like that. But yeah, I tried heroin.”

Brolin never took to the drug, but many of his friends did.

“I’ve had 19 friends who died,” Brolin said. “Most of those guys I grew up with, they’re all dead now.”

Brolin sat down for the interview to discuss “Labor Day,” Jason Reitman’s latest movie in which Brolin plays Frank, an escaped convict who lands in suburbia.

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