The Anger and Oddity of Josh Brolin
New video footage of the Shreveport, Louisiana, arrest of Josh Brolin (which we've posted after the jump) shows the 40-year-old to be relatively tame as the police needlessly hose him and actor Jeffrey Wright down with pepper spray. It was perhaps the first time in Brolin's adult life that he's not acted on impulse.
Here, a recollection of the occasions on which Barbara Streisand's stepson hasn't been so calm.
Just a little misunderstanding
Four months after actress Diane Lane married Josh Brolin, she was on the phone with police saying he had hit her during an argument. Brolin was immediately arrested for spousal battery. Lane later dropped the charges, with her and Brolin's spokesperson claiming it was all a "misunderstanding."
"My fricking moment"
Last year, as the cast of No Country for Old Men assembled onstage to accept a Screen Actors Guild Award for best ensemble, Woody Harrelson tapped Brolin on the shoulder as he gave some thank yous at the microphone. Woody apparently assumed that because it was a cast award, cast members could each say a few words Wrong! Brolin nudged Harrelson away, saying, "Back off. I???m taking my time, man. This is my fricking moment." We can only conclude that rich kid Brolin, son of James, doesn't know the meaning of the word "ensemble."
"I'd fuck you"
This from late 2008:
Said Josh (who plays a homophobic killer in the upcoming Milk): "My dad is probably one of the handsomest guys ever. I was making a joke and I said, 'If I was a chick, I'd fuck you.' He was like, 'You can't say that! Shut your mouth!'"
On Russell Crowe
After winning a New York Film Critics award for best supporting actor on Monday night, Brolin took the stage and immediately acknowledged the man who introduced him, Sean Penn, his costar in Milk: "Quite an actor, Sean Penn," Brolin said, before adding, "and not an asshole like Russell Crowe." For emphasis, he then repeated: "Like Russell Crowe."
"I hate that motherfucker"
Respected New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley panned Brolin when he starred in True West in 2008. Eight years later, at the same awards dinner at which he called Russell Crowe an asshole, Brolin returned the favor, saying of Brantley, "I hate that motherfucker, and I don't think he's a good writer."