Prior to the time that Paul Newman passed away, the Hollywood star was mourning grieving the passing of his one and only son.
Scott Newman, a fellow actor, passed away in 1978 at the age of 28 due to an alcohol and drug overdose. Newman died in 2008 at the age of 83, wrote about his sorrow in a book he wrote after his death in the form of “Paul Newman: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man.” It’s out on Tuesday.
Newman started writing his novel in the early ’80s, with the assistance by screenwriter Stewart Stern, who in his turn, spoke to a number of Newman’s family and acquaintances. It was recently discovered in the Newman’s Connecticut house where his wife, Joanne Woodward, still lives.
In the novel, Newman believed that Scott believed that he was in competition against his father, who was famous.
“I kept thinking he was going through a phase of adolescent bad judgment,” wrote Newman in an interview published through People magazine on Friday. “I never thought it would be fatal.”
“Was there some way I might have told him he didn’t have to be like me?” Newman wondered. “That he didn’t have to do macho things and could just be himself?”
“Many are the times I have gotten down on my knees and asked for Scott’s forgiveness,” Newman continued. “I ask for forgiveness for that part of me which provided the impetus for his own destruction. What would it have taken to avert that? I’m not certain, but I don’t think I could have gone into films and been a movie star. I couldn’t have drunk.”
Newman is a dad of six and a half year old Scott as well as five girls. Newman spoke of how he felt guilt-ridden and despair regarding his son, noting the fact that “being a star throws everything out of whack for your kids.”
“There is even something grotesque in saying, ‘Forgive me,'” wrote Newman. “The energy up there that represents that kid will just give me the finger and say, ‘Well, what am I supposed to do with that?'”
in the novel, Newman wrote about how the effects of drinking heavily affected his.
“In the early 1970s, I think I took it as far as it could go, before realizing I had taken it that far,” the author wrote. “For someone as controlled as I am, to experience the delight, the luxury, of being out of control, and to keep yourself constantly at risk, is simply pleasurable.”
“There are terrible things that happen with booze,” he thought. “I marvel that I survived them.”
In 2021, the publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced that the book would explore Newman’s thoughts about “acting, directing, boyhood, family, fame, Hollywood, Broadway, love, his first marriage, his 50-year marriage to Joanne Woodward, drinking, politics, racing, his ultimate ride to stardom, and aging gracefully.”
“Through Newman’s voice, and the voices of others, the book captures the paradoxical and unstoppable rise of a star who wrestled with doubts, believing he was inferior to Marlon Brando and James Dean, and yet transcended his ‘hunk’ status to become an Oscar-winning actor, champion race car driver, social activist, and entrepreneur whose philanthropy has generated nearly a billion dollars for charitable causes,” according to Knopf.
“This result is a portrait of the actor in full, from his early days to his years in the Navy, from his start in Hollywood to his rise to stardom, and with an intimate glimpse of his family life,” the statement continued.