“No More Sunsets”
Posted by Childress on June 10, 2006
His movie career is doomed to not go too far … and that's just what he wants.
Shawn Bridges is a meth addict who is dying from his addiction. Here's his dad:
I'd say he's got a 34-year-old body on the outside with 70- to 80-year-old man on the inside.
Bridges is letting his dying days be filmed so others can see first hand what meth can do to a healthy young man and avoid repeating the mistake he, and so many others, have made. The resulting film is called "No More Sunsets."
Here's excerpts from a powerful story in the Washington Post:
By his family's account, Bridges already died twice, his heart so ravaged by meth over the years that it stopped and had to be shocked back into beating. "The bottom half of his heart is dead," his dad laments on camera. …
Bridges' life now isn't much. Largely bedridden, his constant companions are the catheter that funnels the urine out of his body and the feeding tube sticking from his stomach.
When he does speak, it's in guttural slurs. "Ahmmmmmmm collllllllllllllllllllllld," Shawn, dressed in boxer shorts and sweat socks, said recently from a hospital-style bed wedged into his father's living room. His dad hustled to blanket him. …
"It just really hurts seeing him the way he is," [his brother] says in the documentary, wiping away tears. "As soon as he knows he's done good, he'll be able to go home."
This film may help many people, just as the Voice of the Victims films have helped kids better understand club drugs. More power to Shawn for realizing that even though he'd messed up his life badly, he had a chance to end it well before meeting his Maker.