John Goodman All Set to Appear In Roseanne Reunion


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On March 27, 2018, an icon will return to the screens of America. Roseanne is back, after a 21-year hiatus, with one of the most anticipated reunions in the history of network television. In the 90s, Roseanne created controversy (and comedy gold) out of its willingness to discuss the things that mattered to middle America.

One thing that’s unclear: how the show will handle John Goodman’s role as Dan Conner. The patriarch of the household, Conner was killed off in what was assumed to be the series finale back in 1997. So far, the studio and cast have been mum about exactly how they plan to account for that plot point in the revival. One person who isn’t concerned: John Goodman himself. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Goodman said that quibbling over his character’s death is “irrelevant. It’s silly.”

Regardless of how the writers work the technically-dead Dan back into the show, one thing will be true: Roseanne was very, very good for John Goodman. Prior to the series, his greatest cinematic accomplishment was playing an escaped convict in the Coen brothers’ cult classic Raising Arizona. After Roseanne made him a household name, Goodman leveraged that credibility into a legendary string of characters; just a few of his memorable credits include turns as Babe Ruth, Walter Sobchak (The Big Lebowski), Big Dan Teague (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Sulley (Monsters, Inc), as well as recurring roles on TV in The West Wing and Community.

The ride to the top came with a cost: Goodman has battled alcoholism for much of his career. Much of the drinking on the front end of Goodman’s career was driven by his anxiety over performances. In an interview with The Guardian, Goodman described that period as “30 years of a disease that was taking its toll on everyone around me and…got to the point where…It was life or death. It was time to stop.”

His first impulse was to get out of town. Tired of dealing with the pressures of living in Hollywood, Goodman moved his family to New Orleans. It didn’t solve the problem, so in 2007, he checked himself into rehab; Annabeth Hartzog, his wife since 1989, stood by his side, and these days the actor is successfully battling his addictions.

But it remains a battle. Goodman, who can famously be an exceedingly difficult interview subject, describes himself as a depressive; he told The Guardian that one reason he stays so busy is to battle a sense of “general dissatisfaction with everything,” an emotion that sometimes worms its way into his interviews. He likes to work, but doesn’t seem to enjoy talking about the work very much.

His colleagues, on the other hand, adore him. The Coens have cast him in six separate films, and his most iconic on-screen partner, Roseanne Barr, calls him “the funniest and deepest actor in the world.” We’ll have to wait for the debut of the Roseanne reunion to find out if that chemistry is still there two decades later.