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Post  Polidano on Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:20 am

Director James Mangold spends a lot of time dealing with Johnny Cash's addiction issues in Walk the Line. Discuss how this deepens this biopic even more. Does his problem with drugs mirror any other part(s) of his life explored in the film?

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Post  Isabella_Smith on Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:43 am

His addiction with drugs deepens the biopic because it shows that even someone that has become as successful as he is, can make bad decisions. We see Cash struggling through his addiction and end up hurting the people he is close to because of it. However, he got through his addiction in the end which inspires those who may have similar problems to do the same. His problem with drugs mirrors the part of his life where they showed Cash's family life. Even though he has children and a wife, it does not stop him from cheating on her with other people, which was another really bad thing to do.
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Post  jacob kennedy on Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:44 am

It deepens the film completely, Johnny Cash’s addiction issues are kind of a reflection on what his Father, Ray Cash was like with him because he was a drunk for many years and wasn’t nice to his family. Johnny , in a way was following the path of him, especially the scene where he is fighting with his first wife Vivian , when he saw the face of his daughters he is kind of realizing what and who he has become.

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Post  danny_76 on Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:46 am

Focusing on Cash's drug problems deepens the biopic because it gives the movie a more real feel because they delve into the true depths of his problem. They show how the drugs almost ruin his life like when he overdoses on stage or backs his tractor into the lake and almost drowns. If they didn't show this it would give the movie a soft and romanticized feel which is quite contrary to "The Man in Black" and his tunes for the prisoner. His addiction mirrors his childhood after he looses his brother because he is alone and lonely both times. His father is angry at him and blames him for his death saying the wrong son died and June becomes mad at him for constantly needing drugs.

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Post  Julia S on Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:00 am

The way Johnny Cash's addiction is portrayed in the film is very inspiring. It portrays the theme of friendship and how he relied on his friends to help him through his tough times. This theme is very inspiring to those going through their own addictions. Johnny's problems are similar to his dad's. His dad used to be drunk all the time and was mean to his family just like how Johnny was mean to his wife.

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Post  Brendan schuck on Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:59 pm

Johnny Cash’s drug problem deepens the film and also brings a new layer to his character. Exploring Johnny’s drug problem humanizes his character and even makes the audience feel sympathy for Johnny by showing how helpless and irritated he becomes. It also helps to show the relationships in Johnny’s life by showing the audience who stuck with him through all of it. Johnny’s problem mirrors his father, who was an abusive alcoholic. Johnny disliked his father but eventually became just like him which is very significant because it shows how fame can effect certain people.

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Post  Christine Sim on Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:19 pm

Johnny Cash did not only have a lot of pressure being put on him, but he also has many personal issues of his own. Growing up, he has had to deal with his abusive father for his whole life. His father was an alcoholic who treated him poorly. Now that he is a father to two kids and his wife, he realizes that, in a way, he has turned into his father.
Not only did Johnny have a toxic relationship with his father, but he also lost his brother when he was just a kid. His brother was his best friend, and when he was gone, Johnny felt alone. Now that he is older, he still feels lonely despite having friends and family and uses drugs to cope with this.

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Post  jessica vautour on Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:33 pm

Showing Cash's addiction brings more realness into the film. He came from a small town and made it in the music business but along with all of his great success came a spiraling downfall. He came from an abusive father and also lost his brother as a child, who was also his best friend. he felt very alone despite having friends by his side. Johnny becomes helpless and it shows throughout the film. He was brought down a very dark path which in a way, followed in his fathers footsteps. Without the knowledge of his drug addiction, the film would only show Cash at his best. Coming from a small town and making it big in the music industry would be any musicians dream. But along with success comes bad decisions and lots of problems that can cause lots of mental distress.

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Post  SamDePooter41 on Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:51 pm

His addiction with drugs shows how anyone, rich and famous or poor and unknown can become easily addicted to drugs. We see Cash struggling through his addiction and end up hurting the people he is close to because of it. However, he got through his addiction in the end with the help of his friend (later wife) June Carter and her family. His problem with drugs mirrors many different parts of his life where he has done bad things, like cheat on his previous wife.

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Post  mattiodapattio on Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:55 pm

James Mangold uses Johnny's addiction to drugs to show the real struggles he faced in his life despite all of his fame and succssess. The drugs he uses are a tragic backlash to a horrific past mixed with the stress of fame. James stressing this fact deepens the plot and can be used as inspiration for others going through similar struggles with substance abuse. This biopic also shows the backlash that a lot of celebrities face and evokes sympathy for them, ultimately making an excellent biopic.

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Post  Laura_B on Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:33 pm

Johnny Cash’s addiction deepens this biopic because it shows that he is human. He has fame and success, but is still haunted by his past. Mangold’s focus on Cash’s addiction shows the audience Cash’s pain of dealing with his alcoholic father and losing his brother. Johnny Cash uses drugs as an escape from all his problems and in doing so creates more problems for himself. He loses his family, friends and almost his career. The director uses Cash’s addiction as a way to show how serious the problem was and how hard it was for Cash to overcome it, and that in turn made the story even more inspiring.

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Post  Julia S on Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:09 am

Johnny Cash's addiction with drugs deepens the biopic because it shows how drugs ruined his family life and how he was able to overcome his addiction thanks to his friends. This is a good message to give those who are struggling through their own addictions. This part of the movie mirrors Johnny's dad's life because he had a similar addiction with alchohal which caused him to get angry at his family and eventually ruin his relationship with his son just like Johnny and his wife.

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Post  KaiHuget32 on Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:32 pm

I think that Johnny Cash's addiction to drugs enhanced the biopic because not only did it show the negative impact that drugs had on his life, but it also showed that he was human and that he struggled with problems as well despite his fame and success. A lot of times biopics show mostly the entertaining and glamourous parts of peoples lives but in "Walk the line" it had done a good job of showing both sides. Because a horrific past and the constant pressure and stress from fans, Johnny Cash used drugs as a way of escapism and to occupy his mind. This biopic also does a great job of showing the constant hate and negativity some stars may receive and evokes a sense of sympathy and understanding to their reasons to do some of the things they do like Johnny Cash's addiction.

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Post  Monahan on Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:14 pm

Focusing on the drugs Johnny Cash abuses in the biopic Walk the Line deepens the detail of the biopic to do how real drug problems are with celebrities to this day. Whether it be due to health concerns, or damaging relationships, which is depicted in Walk the Line. Cash in real life abused drugs such as Cocaine, which lead to health problems, as well as relationship damaged, which caused a divorce. These health problems posed an issue for Cash, as he later passed away due to his drug use in his early life. These drugs directly impacted his family life through actions such as cheating on his wife, even though he already had children. Johnny Cash had some extremely dark days in his career, but eventually got past them. However, what has been done has been done, and those actions eventually caught up to him in the form of family issues, as well as death.

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Post  Bradsimonn on Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:10 am

Cash's issues with drugs and alcohol are explored throughout the biopic and add an element to the star that many people may not have known. The film does not attempt to glorify every aspect of Cash nor does it attempt to glorify drugs and alcohol. With his issues it makes him more human and less perfect as many characters in biopic's are. His addiction to drugs and alcohol mirrors that of plenty of people at this time period including his father and Jerry Lee Lewis as they were ruined by the negative effects of alcohol.

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