Unrecognizable: this is Edward Furlong, the rebellious boy from Terminator 2 that Hollywood forgot

Although it is hard to admit, it is him, that rebellious boy with shaggy hair who played John Connor in Terminator 2, the final judgment. However, the image of him is very different from that of that time. And while the years have passed, the new look of Edward Furlong It is due to his fight against a past marked by excesses, addictions and problems with the law.

Terminator 2 star Edward Furlong was photographed on the streets of New York. Backgrid/The Grosby Group

In the last hours, the 45-year-old actor was captured by the paparazzi while walking through the streets of the East Village, one of the busiest neighborhoods in New York. Despite wearing a dark suit with a matching tie, his disheveled appearance and his excess weight caught the attention of photographers and the few passersby who recognized him as they passed. After a long walk, the former child star sat down at the Primi bar and ordered a cup of coffee and a diet soda.

The actor, 45, at the Primi bar in Manhattan
The actor, 45, at the Primi bar in ManhattanBackgrid/The Grosby Group

Recently, the formerterminator he celebrated his four years sober after decades lost in a hell of addictions and excesses, where heroin and methamphetamine took control of his life and led him to star in several confrontations with the law. They even caused him to gradually cease to be considered by Hollywood producers, leading his promising career to oblivion. In fact, when a new saga of the film was made, they did not call it.

When he played John Connor, Furlong was 12 years old. His role in this film made him a celebrity overnight. Hit by success, he was a model for Calvin Klein and GAP, participated in an Aerosmith video clip, “Livin ‘On The Edge”, and launched a musical career that Japanese girls fell in love with. Such was his success that his debut song, “Hold on Tight,” surpassed Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” in 1992 at number one on the Japanese country charts.

Edward Furlong and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2, directed by James Cameron
Edward Furlong and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2, directed by James Cameron

On the big screen, Furlong shone in both commercial cinema and independent productions. In 1992 she worked with Jeff Bridges two lost souls (1992), and earned a nomination for the IFP Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was also in front our lost souls (1993) with Kathy Bates, Little Odessa (1994) with Tim Roth, The whisper of the grass (1995) with Walter Matthau, and Before and after (1996) with Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson. Then came a role that placed him on the list of the most versatile and complex performers of the moment: that of Danny Vinyard in the drama America X (1998), where he shared a cast with Edward Norton. That year she was also part of the successful comedy Pecker (1998), by John Waters, and his career began to sink after participating with Willem Dafoe in animal factory (2000) and in the Italian-French production I cavalieri that fecero l’printed (2001).

As his parents and uncles fought over his custody and his money (Furlong was raised by his mother and uncles, since his father died in 1980), the actor fell into the clutches of drugs and alcohol. And it was with the same speed that he became a star that his personal life began to sink: between 1997 and 2001 he went through several rehabilitation centers, starred in several overdose episodes and faced the law for driving without a license and under the influence of alcohol.

It was literally an overnight success. I’m still taking in the shock and awe of it all… I got into things that weren’t good for me for a long time. I was a child to whom many things happened at the same time. And I really couldn’t process it”, recognized the artist two years ago during a talk at the Days Of The Dead convention.

On February 16 this year, Furlong celebrated his 1,462 days free of drugs and alcohol and shared it with his followers on social media. And although his present is very different from how he would have imagined it, the actor and singer is grateful for what those years of fame and splendor left him. In fact, it is common to see him at conventions on horror movies, comics and pop culture giving talks and signing autographs, almost always referring to his role in the film he shared with Schwarzenegger.

In February of this year, the actor celebrated four years without using drugs or alcohol.
In February of this year, the actor celebrated four years without using drugs or alcohol.

It’s a blessing, you know? I’m lucky. I’m so glad I’ve had a couple of things that have stayed relevant enough that I can still come and somehow make a living doing stuff like this.”, This young man who still retains that rebellious and defiant spirit told Forbes magazine.

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Unrecognizable: this is Edward Furlong, the rebellious boy from Terminator 2 that Hollywood forgot


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