For 14 seasons, Saturday Night Live’s Darrell Hammond delighted crowds with his uncanny impersonations of Sean Connery, Regis Philbin, and former President Bill Clinton. Mimicking over 100 celebrities, Hammond found fame on the sketch show, appearing in films and even performing at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
But behind-the-scenes, the comedian was suffering.
Plagued by incapacitating flashbacks, Hammond struggled to cope, eventually turning to substance abuse and self-harm. After 50 years of pain and misdiagnoses, he discovered the root of his ailments: repressed memories from his youth.
Director Michelle Esrick captured Hammond’s story in the film “Cracked Up.”
Read the story at Variety.
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