'I was just 96 pounds and was infested with bugs': 'The Mighty Ducks' star Shaun Weiss recalls his dark days as addict
BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE: Shaun Weiss, famous for the 1992 hit movie 'The Mighty Ducks', has talked about his recovery and life-threatening drug battle in a new interview. Weiss is back and better, and two years sober. Back in January 2022, he even shared a transformation picture that showed his recovery. The troubled Hollywood has been arrested for public intoxication, theft, and possession of methamphetamine previously. Overall, he has made a recovery ever since he checked into rehab. He now gears up to return to the big screen and before that, he gives us a glimpse into the struggle and the recovery.
While talking to Addiction Talk, an online talk show hosted by American Addiction Centers, 'The Mighty Ducks' star talked about the time he knew he became an addict. "It was a very short time after the first time I’d ever seen a hard drug to where it had me completely wrapped up within less than six months. And I was a full-blown drug addict," he said. His dire health conditions during his battle with meth addiction only got worse. Talking about the same, Weiss added, "I was very ill. I was probably, if I stayed out there on the streets, in Northern Cali, in the winter, I’m pretty sure I was walking pneumonia and I was just 96 pounds. And I mean, I’m ashamed to say, but I was infested with bugs in my hair and things like that." He took control of his life and checked himself into rehab to get rid of his addiction.
The actor explained, "So I was in horrible shape." He explained how he was indirectly saved by the sheriffs and said, "So I was probably gonna die if those nice sheriff deputies didn’t step in and save me." He explained that he was left homeless after a breakup and he was already dealing with his father's loss. His career wasn't not going upwards, so he turned to meth which provided him with "instant relief." He continued, "So I don’t, I don’t know if I would be here if it wasn’t for that meth, I might have tried to kill myself."
Shaun Weiss' epic recovery from drug addiction & return to the big screen
The actor previously announced his return to the big screen via TMZ, telling the publication that he will now appear in 'Jesus Revolution,' starring Kelsey Grammer. The movie would be based on the true story of Lonnie Frisbee and the hippies he baptized in the '70s. The role is important as it marks his return to the big screen and also reflects his life so far. Weiss claims that someone from Lionsgate saw his recovery story and wanted to offer him the role in the movie. He then did the read for a director and was given the part.
Weiss' drug addiction landed him in a very vulnerable place that lead to a string of legal cases. Back in 2017, he was sentenced to 150 days in jail for petty theft as he stole $151 worth of merchandise from a Fry electronics store, but only served 12. Merely days after that, he was arrested for possession of methamphetamine in Burbank, California, and sentenced to 90 days. A year later, he was arrested for public intoxication in August 2018. But things got serious when he tried to break into someone's house while being high on meth and allegedly broke the window of a car. TMZ reported back then that the official police report read, "Officers noticed shattered glass on the ground and observed that the passenger window to the vehicle was broken." He then completed the drug court program and reached 18 months of sobriety from his meth addiction, and we got ourselves a whole new Shaun Weiss.