Tommy Swerdlow is the name of the guy who wrote the scripts for childhood-defining kids films like Little Giants, Cool Runnings, and Sherk. Tommy Swerdlow was also a massive heroin addict at the time those films were made, as revealed in a Reddit AMA. How's that for a childhood-shaking dose of reality? He's been clean since 2007, but he's now making a movie about addiction. Here's a few money quotes:
It only hurt me in I was not able to take full advantage of my success and make my own movies etc…Now I am clean and directing my first movie…go to the link and take a look… Heroin is not a creativity drug..but it makes you not give a shit which can be helpful
Also, how he got off drugs:
i got very very ill and had a heart valve replacement and that put an end to my drug career.... well, you can call the writers' guild health and pension department and get a copy of my $1.2 million hospital bill that they paid every penny of due to a heart valve infection i got shooting narcotics.
Interestingly, some fun facts about Sherk:
chris farley was in the process of recording the shrek voice when he died. mike meyers replaced him. recorded it without the scottish accent and was appalled when he realized eddie murphy was blowing him off the screen. he went back and rerecorded the entire roll with the accent due to this.
And finally, this is his favorite quote from Cool Runnings. Who could disagree?
Best movie ever
[H/T: AV Club]