Why Joel Schumacher Told Demi Moore to ‘Go Kill Yourself on Somebody Else’s Movie’

Demi Moore has always been very open about her lifelong battle with slavery. And according to the actor, she almost got shot from the 1985 film Fire of St. Elmo because of it.

Moore appeared on alcohol and alcohol, and was already known throughout Hollywood for her “party girl” character. But Joel Schumacher, the director of the late film, refused to accept her dangerous behavior on his film set. He told Moore to “kill yourself on someone else’s movie.”

Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore and Ally Sheedy
Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore and Ally Sheedy Barry King / WireImage

Life imitates art for Demi Moore’s character, Jules

In Fire of St. Elmo, Moore plays the role of Jules. Jules is a party girl with a cocaine addiction who secretly fights inner demons fueled by the life of her home. Meanwhile, Moore was also addicted to cocaine before shooting the film, and just like her character, she had a chaotic childhood.

In her recently published memoir with the title Inside, Moore talks about the turbulent relationship she shared with her mother and father, who were both slaves as well.

Alley Sheedy and Demi Moore
Sheedy and Demi Moore Terry McGinnis / WireImage

According to the book tell everyone on The Brat Pack with the title You couldn’t forget me if you tried, Moore was the perfect man for Jules’ career.

“It’s a very complicated job,” Schumacher said in the book. “Jules had to be very solemn on the one hand, but a real child, on the other… She has to have a nervous breakdown, but nonetheless be very funny and heroic and sexual, and a lot her qualifications. ”

Demi Moore showed up the drink and high to set it up, and Joel Schumacher grabbed it

Demi Moore
Demi Moore (General Hospital) Walter McBride / Corbis through Getty Images

Despite the fact that Schumacher could not think of anyone else for Jules’ role, he would not accept Moore’s “wild child” behavior. One day, the star looked up drunk and tall to a suit of clothes.

According to Brat Pack’s memoir, Schumacher pulled her to one side for a little chat.

“Joel has been very public about the truth in his early twenties, he had drug problems and had to clean up, and he survived,” said the film’s co-writer, Carl Kurlander. “And so he said to her, ‘You go on someone else’s film yourself. I’m not going to let you be in this movie and kill yourself. ”

He then set up an intervention with Moore co-star Ally Sheedy.

“You have 10 days to clean yourself,” Schumacher told her.

This eventually made Moore solemn. After the intervention, she checked into a rehabilitation center and remained clean for more than two decades. (She would start drinking again after her husband, Ashton Kutcher, reportedly tried to convince him that alcohol was “not the real thing.”

Demi Moore credits Joel Schumacher for helping her celebrate

Demi Moore and director Joel Schumacher
Demi Moore and director Joel Schumacher stand at the 13th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards | Michael Caulfield / Getty Images

In a recent 2020 interview with Sirius XM, Moore credited the late director for helping her clean up. She says,

“I will always be so grateful to him. And in a way, he was doing it for himself. He wasn’t yet solemn, so he was making me do what he couldn’t do for himself … But yes, what a gift. ”

Brat Pack’s memoir reflects Moore’s willingness to attend a reunion due to the film’s role.

“She looked in,” the book states. “She went through the program. Moore was enthusiastic. She knew that if she did that, she would have a film and a new career and life, which she did. She deserves a lot of credit. Like Schumacher, Moore helped every day while she was in rehab.

Schumacher says, ‘surely she said goodbye to‘ a wild child. ‘”

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