Former teen idol Leif Garrett comments on the anti-Israel BDS movement
“Back when we were filming The Outsiders, me, Darren Dalton (who played Randy), and a few extras who played various background Socs would often catch Ralph Macchio alone somewhere on set and we’d donkey punch the shit out of him. I mean, we were merciless, man.
“And when the little bitch ratted us out to Francis, we just said, all sincere, that we were working to stay in character for the sake of the piece — and that we thought everybody should be as committed to their roles as we were, including whiny little pukes like Macchio. Not surprisingly, Coppola — he’s an artiste and an auteur, you see, and so he fancies everything he does like a tear from God; it’s the kind of vanity you learn to exploit if you have the disposition for it — bought our bullshit and he also started treating Macchio like a little bitch. Because it was easy, I guess.
” — Let me tell you: that kind of power was like, fucking cool to wield, too, especially on the set of a Coppola flick. Though looking back on it — and were I to be honest with you as part of my rehab mandate — we really just picked on the kid because he was surrounded, small, and vulnerable. And because it was fun and we knew we could. Besides, you don’t get a handy from the Diane Lanes of the world by looking like some weakass punk on a set filled with a dozen Tiger Beat competitors.
“Which I think answers your question, though probably a bit more obliquely than you were hoping for. But then, if you wanted something less allegorical, you probably shouldn’t be talking to a dude who, clean or not, still thinks heroin was put here by angels to keep the evil in men’s souls calm and to lessen the sufferings of original sin, no matter what the piggies and the blue noses say.”*