In a very open and upfront interview with Details Magazine, Jason Bateman explains what his life was like when he was growing up. He said it felt a lot like Risky Business. Presumably this is without Tom Cruise in his underwear. “My parents were out of town, they left me a bunch of money, the car, and the house, and I didn't know when they were coming home.”
Judging by his experiences, they didn't come home for much of the 1990's. Because he worked for almost all the 1980's in either television or movies he didn't have much fun until that run was over, and then he didn't want to stop.
“Booze was what would make me want to stay out all night and do some blow or smoke a joint or whatever, so shutting that off was key,” he says. “It's like ketchup and French fries – I don't want one without the other.”
Even Jennifer Aniston had a story about Jason Bateman's wild days, “Even though he was pretty wild in those days, something about those dimples and that sweet face made you go, 'Oh, it's okay that you just drove up the street backwards in a Range Rover with the door wide open.' I don't know what was happening there.”
So when exactly was this get together with Jennifer Aniston? Very interesting. Anyway, Jason says that he gave it all up because of his wife and AA.
“That's the moment,” Bateman says. “Do you want to continue to be great at being in your 20s, or do you want to step up and graduate into adulthood?”
I think it says a lot that he is willing to talk about it and let others talk about and not hide from what happened and how he has grown. Now get to work on the f**king Arrested Development movie and stop with the interviews for anything else until you get it finished. That was some serious rage inside me. Must be hay fever.