LINCOLNSHIRE – He is famous to audiences as the original Bilbo Baggins from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, but Ian Holm has had a long and chequered career as the wild man of British acting. The latest revelations published in his autobiography Holm Sweet Holm look set to shock the Hollywood community.
The 82 year old actor began his career in the 1960s but came to prominence with his role as Ash the ‘science officer’ in Ridley Scott’s Alien. The book includes many witty anecdotes including how he once thrashed Dudley Moore with a belt. However, the most shocking chapter relates to the adventures of the Jolly Bastards, a club for British actors in Hollywood which has previously been exposed by the Studio Exec (CLICK HERE to read more):
We were wild in those days and I have to say I did several things – goaded on by Ralph Richardson and Charles Dance – which I am no longer proud of. One night, we were in James Belushi’s Hollywood bungalow, when we found some suspicious white powder in a lovely vase. ‘Go on, smoke it,’ Ralph said, and ever game for a dare, of course I did, only to find myself looking at a horrified young Jimmy Belushi who told me I’d just smoked his brother’s ashes. Of course, at first he was very upset but then after a while and under some heavy persuasion from Charlie, he was gradually convinced that it was precisely what John would have wanted. I’m afraid to say though, I was never invited back.
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