Carroll used to be followed about New York City by the scriptwriter. Bryan Goluboff used to follow Carroll around Greenwich Village when he was a youngster and Carroll was playing music in the 1980s. 4. LEONARDO DICAPRIO WAS UNKNOWN TO JIM CARROLL...
Before becoming famous as a musician, Jim Carrey performed as a stand-up comedian. His first club performance was at the Colonial Theater in Victoria BC in 1989. He was 24 years old.
Carroll started writing songs when he was 16 years old. In 1987, he released his first album titled "The All-Night Party". The album included several popular hits such as "She's a Rainbow" and "I Won't Back Down".
In 1990, Carroll moved to Los Angeles where he continued to write songs for other artists. In 1992, he wrote and starred in the movie "Dumb & Dumber". The following year, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for "If I Could Turn Back Time".
In 1995, Carroll released his second album titled "Killer Cars". The album included the hit singles "Have You Seen My Baby?" and "Wild One". That same year, he also starred in the film "Jerry Maguire".
In 1996, Carroll released his third album titled "Ticktock".
Just though the celebrated Basketball Diaries, written by real-life survivor Jim Carroll (DiCaprio's character), graphically describes a New York youth's plunge into a world of filth, pimps, and needle-sharing derelicts, is insufficient justification for a film adaptation. Jim Carroll is shown as a tough guy right away. He walks into a room and immediately starts fighting. But he was only 12 years old when all this happened.
He sees his mother killed before his eyes and then goes on to have an even more horrific life. So, yes, The Basketball Diaries is completely true. It's just that nobody should ever read any kind of biography or fictional work based on real people without also reading about their other lives.
Now if we can only get Leonardo DiCaprio to make a movie out of Howard Hughes' autobiography...
Jim Carroll's (Leonardo DiCaprio) existence as a high school basketball star consumes him. Jim develops a taste for heroin under the influence of a nefarious coach (Bruno Kirby) and a concerned mother (Lorraine Bracco). His primary goal will soon be the mean streets of New York City, rather than the basketball court. To obtain narcotics, Jim and his companions scavenge, steal, and prostitute themselves. Reggie (Ernie Hudson Sr.), a neighborhood buddy and basketball partner, may be Jim's only way out of addiction. Synopsis of The Basketball Diaries/Film: A young man named Jim Carroll plays ball in New York City during the 1970s. Aged 18, he is already addicted to heroin and about to be drafted by the NBA. This inspiring but harrowing film tells his story.
The Basketball Diaries is a 1996 American biographical sports drama film directed by Michael Radford and written by John Sayles. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jim Carroll, a teenage baller from Brooklyn, New York, who moves to Manhattan to play basketball for an elite private school. While there, he meets several people involved in the city's music scene, including a group of drug addicts led by Reginald "Reggie" Burell. After being drafted by the Boston Celtics, Jim commits suicide at age 19.
The film was produced by Andrew G. Vajna and David Valdes-Rodriguez, with executive producers Frank Marshall and Lewis Gilbert. It received positive reviews from critics and has been cited as a major influence on many musicians. Its success helped launch DiCaprio's career into worldwide fame.
The slums of Manhattan are the setting for the 1995 film "The Basketball Diaries," in which a high school basketball player, Jim Carroll (DiCaprio), and his buddies eventually take a rapid tumble into the terrible realm of heroin addiction. It is a heartbreaking look inside the life of heroin and other drug addicts.
Carroll writes about his experiences with drugs including heroin in a book called "The Basketball Diaries." The movie version of this book is now being made by Leonardo DiCaprio who also stars in it. The new film will be released in December 1996.
So, the main focus of the movie and the book is on how heroin can steal your mind and body without you realizing it until it's too late.
Also, the movie and the book show what happens when you decide to stop fighting your addiction and just try to live life again after years of neglecting yourself.
Carroll released The Basketball Diaries, an autobiographical novel about his time as a kid in New York City's heavy drug culture, in 1978. The book became a cult classic and was followed by two more novels, Rejecting God and Finding God. In 1984, Carroll died at age 28 after shooting himself in the head.
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(Spoiler alert!) "Diaries" is both moving and sad, but it's also really strong. Leonardo DiCaprio played Jim Carroll perfectly, although a tad thin for a basketball player. DiCaprio's wailings and whinings were bang on, since that's how *I* sound when I weep (and I mean, REALLY cry).
Even though the movie is fictional, it feels true to life. Jim Carroll was an amazing person who suffered greatly because of his passions for poetry and basketball. He was one of the first people to die from AIDS, and he had a beautiful young wife and daughter. This story will stay with me for a long time.