Lord of the Rings star to make homeless film
May 22nd 2009
The real-life story of a homeless drug addict is to be turned into a film by one of the stars of The Lord of the Rings. Andy Selkirk, who played Gollum in the fantasy trilogy, will direct the film. Johnny Depp and Michael Caine have been approached to star in it.
Addict will be based on the biography of Stephen Smith, who spent more than half a decade living on the streets addicted to alcohol and amphetamines. Smith, who is originally from London, was put into an asylum at the age of 14, where he was molested by one of his doctors. After being released he became an apprentice to a master thief and was involved with the theft of jewels from movie star Sophia Loren. But addiction drove him on to the streets.
Smith finally got off the streets after a stranger gave him a ¬¨¬£5 note and a rail ticket back to London from Scotland, where he had been sleeping rough. With the money, Smith bought half a pint of Guinness for a German student he met in a pub. The two eventually fell in love and got married. With her help, Smith was able to kick the drugs and start work again. In 1997, he wrote a biography about his time on the streets, which has sold over a million copies.