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Aaron Sorkin Suffered a Stroke, Wants to a Write a Jan. 6th Movie

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | March 22, 2023 |

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | March 22, 2023 |


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Aaron Sorkin told The New York Times that he wants to write and direct a movie about January 6th. Can you imagine? He’ll have to stop the violence and looting every 5 minutes to monologue! How about a walking-and-talking beatdown of Capitol Police? And you know it’s going to be framed by the trial of one of the rioters, probably the QAnon Shaman. And it will be about free speech and protests and violence and democracy, and it will be both self-righteous and heavy-handed, and I will probably cry at least once because I’m a sucker for Sorkin.

It’s OK to poke fun, too, because Sorkin survived his stroke, the details of which he shared for the first time in a profile for the Times ahead of the release of his iteration of Camelot: The Musical (Sorkin majored in musical theater. Who knew?) Back in November, Sorkin had a stroke because of incredibly high blood pressure brought on by the fact that he still smokes. At 61! Who still smokes in 2023? At the age of 61?!

He had issues after the stroke — he slurred his words, had trouble typing, couldn’t sign his name, and still can’t taste food.

“Mostly it was a loud wake-up call. I thought I was one of those people who could eat whatever he wanted, smoke as much as he wanted, and it’s not going to affect me. Boy, was I wrong.”

Sorkin had been a heavy smoker since high school — two packs a day of Merits — and the habit had long been inextricable from his writing process. “It was just part of it, the way a pen was part of it,” he said. “I don’t want to talk about it too much, because I’ll start to salivate.”

After the stroke, he quit cold turkey, cleaned up his diet, and started working out twice a day. And, he said, “I take a lot of medicine. You can hear the pills rattling around in me.”

Two packs a day! He should’ve stuck with the shrooms. But, it’s good to hear that Sorkin has dropped the habit and is improving his health. The world would miss having him to kick around (and I would miss loving his work on the sly). “Let me make this very, very clear,” he told the Times. “I’m fine. I wouldn’t want anyone to think I can’t work. I’m fine.”