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Coming up tonight at 9, Richard Dreyfuss joins "Piers Morgan Live" for his first interview on the primetime program, during which the actor reveals details of the bi-polar disorder he's been dealing with for nearly his entire life.
An Academy Award winner known for his roles in such classic films as "Jaws," "Mr. Holland’s Opus," and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," Dreyfuss will pull up a seat in studio opposite the host, tackling such weighty matters such as Obamacare, and the NRA.
But before discussing gun control and the president's struggling Affordable Healthcare Act, the 66-year-old delved into his adolescence, and his personal struggles with mental health:
“When I was about 14, I said to my sister, ‘I wonder what would have happened to me if I had never taken any drug,’ he tells Piers Morgan. “And she said, ‘why are you asking?’ And I said, ‘well before that, before I smoked marijuana and all that, I was pretty normal.’ And she said, ‘don’t revise history, you were nuts when you were born.’"
In reviewing his won tendencies, Dreyfuss offered Morgan a window into his behavior as a youth:
"I was the person, who when he talked, he would get up loud, faster, loud faster, loud faster, until one of my friends would say ‘well let’s get the big surface cables and tie them around his ankles and pull him gently back to earth.’”
Boasting an illustrious career that spanned decades, Dreyfuss admits his condition may have helped him professionally:
“I had lived from thrill to thrill, and I had a certainty about my success…which I look back now and said that was probably part of my manic,” he says. “ I always managed to turn it in my favor.”
The founder of a nonprofit organization geared towards helping young students become better informed and better prepared citizens through a focus on civics in public schools, Dreyfuss encourages kids to question, debate, and think critically.
Watch the clip, and tune to CNN tonight for the full interview. And, for more information on The Dreyfuss Initiative, go to the program's website.
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