‘Euphoria’ Creator Sam Levinson Tried To Help Angus Cloud Get Clean Several Time Before His Drug Overdose
Sam Levinson wanted the best for Angus Cloud.
In a recent interview, the Euphoria creator discussed his interventions and other efforts to assist the late actor, who portrayed Fezco on the popular HBO series, in getting clean. Sam Levinson said the first time he got involved was in the interim between the first and second seasons of Euphoria, when Angus Cloud showed up to his office looking ill.
Sam Levinson recalled,
“I looked him in the eye and I knew that he wasn’t doing well. At the same time I’ve been in these situations before where you’re trying to get someone clean. And I just said to him, ‘I love working with you and we’ve got this amazing season planned and stuff, but I need you to be sober because I got to be able to rely on you.’”
Cloud enrolled in a 30-day in-patient rehabilitation stay, which was covered by HBO and lasted for an additional three months. In addition to helping Cloud in real life, Levinson said he often spared Fez from being killed off the show because he loved the Oakland actor “so f*cking much.”
One of the ways Fez was meant to die was in a hail of gunfire. However, Levinson shared that when he told Cloud this, he could see the disappointment in the entertainer’s eyes.
“I could just see the blood kind of run out of his face. I think the hardest thing is when you have addiction issues – it’s about finding your purpose and finding your meaning in life.”
“The one thing that I knew is he loved making this show. He loved the crew. He loved the actors. He loved everything about it. And I just thought, if this goes away, I don’t know what’s going to happen in his life.”
Fez ultimately survived season two and once they wrapped Levinson claimed he spoke with Cloud for four hours about pursuing sobriety ahead of the third season. Reportedly, throughout the conversation, the show creator could just tell Cloud “wasn’t interested” in helping himself.
“I could always feel that he didn’t want [sobriety] as much as we all wanted it for him. That’s where it gets tricky because the whole world can want it for you. But he didn’t want it. It’s just the self-destructive side of addiction and it outweighs everything. But you can’t give up on people. I wasn’t going to let anyone give up on him.”
As previously reported, Cloud, 25, died from an accidental drug overdose on July 31. The coroner’s report said fentanyl, benzodiazepines, methamphetamine, and cocaine were found in his system.
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