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Shelley Duvall's 2016 Dr Phil interview resurfaces as 'The Shining' actress makes comeback after 20 years

With Shelley Duvall's comeback, what everyone is reminded of isn’t her iconic 'The Shining' role, but rather her 2016 Dr Phil interview
Shelley Duvall and Dr Phil in the 2016 interview (Cam Cross/YouTube)
Shelley Duvall and Dr Phil in the 2016 interview (Cam Cross/YouTube)

'The Shining' fame Shelley Duvall is making a comeback in the film, 'The Forest Hills' after 20 years. The film is an indie horror thriller directed by Scott Goldberg and also stars Edward Furlong, Chiko Mendez and Dee Wallace. The movie follows the story of a man who is emotionally disturbed and has nightmares following head trauma while on a camping trip at the Catskill Mountains. Duvall will play Rico, a mentally and emotionally disturbed character who is interestingly the main character’s inner voice.

However, with the return of Duvall to the big screen, what everyone is reminded of isn’t her iconic work with revered directors like Stanley Kubrick or Steven Soderbergh, but rather her controversial interview with Dr Phil in 2016. Here’s a lookback at what is considered the actress' lowest point.


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According to Deadline, Duvall is famously taped saying, “I am very sick. I need help.” In the interview, she is seen to have been very disoriented and rambling on and on with no grip on herself. Later, host Dr Phil McGraw said, “After three days at the treatment center, Shelley still refused to take any medications and she would not sign the paperwork required to treat her.”

“She was accompanied by trained professionals and was safely returned to her family and boyfriend at home,” McGraw said. “We are happy to report that we are now working directly with Shelley’s mother and are providing Shelley treatment from a group of local professionals who, due to her refusal to take medication, will use alternative methods to treat her.”

Then of course, ironically right after saying she refused treatment, he also goes onto post a statement that thanks the very same consultation center for their work. He also said, “We will keep you updated on her progress and hope, hope, hope that there is a happy ending to this story.” However, he did not seem very optimistic and left viewers outraged.

At the time of airing, it was branded as Duvall’s first interview in decades. Duvall’s mental spiral is famously said to have begun during her time working with filmmaker Stanley Kubrick during the shooting of 'The Shining'. Duvall had said that she wasn’t alright while shooting for the movie, with her having to cry everyday for the movie taking a toll on her body- the shoot was for 56 weeks.

She is quoted to have said, “After a while, your body rebels. It says: ‘Stop doing this to me. I don’t want to cry every day.’ And sometimes just that thought alone would make me cry. To wake up on a Monday morning, so early, and realize that you had to cry all day because it was scheduled — I would just start crying.”