Jason Patric has always been a fiercely private actor — that is, until now.
In a new interview, the star reveals all about his '90s love triangle with Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland, his dislike of former co-star Ashley Judd, and his iconic grandfather Jackie Gleason.
Patric is currently starring in Broadway's "That Championship Season" with Sutherland, his co-star in 1987's "The Lost Boys." The two became pals while making the classic film, but just four years later, Patric flew off to Ireland with runaway bride Roberts after she called off her wedding to Sutherland.
"They had a relationship that ended and I was with her for a little while and it ended," Patric tells Vulture. "They've both been subsequently married several times and I think they're fine."
Patric adds that he and Sutherland never had any issues at the time and still get along great. "We had drinks last night and he said that was one of the best summers of his life when we did 'Lost Boys.' Twenty-five years ago," he says. "A quarter-century later there’s Kiefer and now he’s playing my brother. Something interesting about it as far as the cosmos go."
One co-star Patric isn't so fond of is Judd, who appeared on stage with him in the 2003 Broadway revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
"I loved saying the words and working with most of the people every night. I didn’t like my leading lady," he says. "Ashley is just a lazy and arrogant actress. Let’s just leave it at that."
And while most people know Patric's grandfather as Ralph Kramden in the iconic TV series "The Honeymooners," Patric says he hardly knew Gleason at all.
"I didn’t grow up with him," he explains. "I only saw him a handful of times in my life. He’s had as much effect on me as he’s had on you. He has nothing to do with me or my bloodline; I’m not a thoroughbred or purebred dog or something... He was just more of a hermit."
I work in NYC in the theatre and it very wildly known that Ashley Judd is a mean, arrogant, self serving, lightweight talent. Broadway chewed her up and spit her out. Don't expect t see her return to the NY stage anytime soon. Respect the work and the people or get out!
Jason Patrick, I've been in love with you for years. Ever since I saw the movie "RUSH." I've read all there is to know about you. Your acting is excellent, but you as a person? Well, all I can say is you have so much heart. You're very passionate and true blue. I can see that in you. I wish I were younger. If I were, I would find you and tell you how I feel. But I'm much older than you and it could never be for us. It may sound crazy, but maybe in the next life we will meet. I'm a good person and I have heart and soul also. True blue all the way. I wish you luck, happiness, and adventure. Stay as sweet as you are. And always remember, someone loves you very much.
I always like JP as an actor. In regard to his current legal battle, I believe his case is unique because he did have a relationship with his child. It was not simply a donation and walk away scenario. He lived with the mother and son and cared for his child so that changes everything. Sad that the mother is being so selfish. If he is a good father, why shouldnt he have a relationship with him. Why deny her son that relationship. Seems selfish to me.
If he and Keifer need a go-between anyway (just for show), I will be happy to have drinks with them too. :)
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Around 1999 or 2000, I was working at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Fl, and both Wynonna and Ashley Judd were in the park. Wynonna seemed very sweet and down-to-earth, but Ashley was different. You could tell that she was pretentious and arrogant, especially with the way she gave people dirty looks, including myself, and I was (and still am) a happy-go-lucky person full of smiles.
For a while Jason Patric this part I do not like. Now I think that is a person that holds many secrets cloudy (maybe that is worthy of admiration) but if Abe many years the existence of a child and a woman (have a baby and walking) that other things can hide? No, I admire people privately protects your family .... Jason Patric But what is more, do not trust someone who keeps secrets so jealously (stating that it did not say anything because your life is private, eh?), But a person like this I would not want my life frankly, to know what else lurks ....
I love this man precisely for being so intensely private; A quality for that I look in the people and value (all my friends are like that) and my partners, I might not be with anybody who speaks about his private life. What I spend with Julia Roberts y Kiefer Sutherland was horrible and I of being in his place would have fallen down to myself the face of shame. If you throw a glance in Photolink or Filmagic will you see Jason's photos with his partners and they all seem equal (I refer those who are not known eh?) natural, simple, without makeup and they are walking next to you do it of natural form, as if it was impressing them to us that Jason Patric is famous, and this is something that he likes because they all are similar.
Perhaps he's telling the truth. I love how people defend Ashley Judd who have never even met her.
I have to agree with Fiona. I met Jason Patric yesterday afternoon after seeing "That Championship Season". He was so generous with his time. He sat down and spoke to a bunch a high school classmates of his father's. He was gracious, generous, humble and actually, stole the show as the quietly drunk, truth teller, Tom. I think sometimes hearing the truth can be a little bit hurtful...but somebody has to tell it.
Actually, I've met Jason Patric on a number of occasions and he's funny, sweet, smart and surprisingly down to earth.
He is blunt, but he's also engaging and intelligent. Unfortunately, he doesn't concern himself with popcorn movies
or box office, but with the work. I saw Ashley Judd in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and she was over her head, which may be
a reason she had to rely on being arrogant. She thought that theater acting was the same as acting for the screen.
She was wrong.
Some people are "movie stars": Julia Roberts, Ashley Judd, Tom Cruise etc. and some are actors: Meryly Streep, Diane Weist, Alfre Woodard etc. (there are others, of course)- you can have enormous talent and not be a movie star.
Look at John Cazale- for those of you too young to remember, he played Fredo in The Godfather and Godfather 2 and was in Dog Day Afternoon.
He never had the chance to become a movie star because he died young, but he never would have been a "movie star".
Mind you, I think Streep is both a movie star and a great actor, but you get my point.
Say what you will about Jason Patric, he's a dynamic stage actor and he's never phoned in a performance- with the exception of "Speed 2", which I think we can all agree should secure us all a place in heaven for having watched it.
That was torture.
My 2 (okay 25) cents: He's a nice guy. And very good looking up close and personal.
Finally, someone who has seen a film other than the box office "escapes"! Don't get me wrong, I like the fluff as much as the next person but Jason's fluff pics have not been stellar performances. Unless you've watched his lesser known films, you don't his talent. He is mesmerizing, gritty and raw. A true actor who I would watch over the red carpet divas any day. He's been a-list in my book for years. Good to hear he's a decent guy as well. Jason- Call me anytime!
who is this guy? and why do we care what he thinks?
Aside from her being one of the prettiest natural beauties in Hollywood...If you compare HIS body of work to HER body of work, there is no comparison... lazy? maybe it just comes easier to Ashley dude... I have never seen her in an unconvincing role, or a movie even close to being as bad as Speed 2.... jealous much?
mEh, Ashley isn't all that. She's always come across as a b!tch to me.
When Ashley Judd was here in Texas doing the movie with Natalie Portman, "Where the Heart Is", filmed in small towns in the Central Texas area, around Austin. In some of these small towns, five-star hotel accommodations are non-existent, but the majority of the cast made the best of it, as their time in the hotel rooms is short and their work-days on the movie set are long. Well, EXCEPT for Ashley Judd, who demanded to be driven into Austin so that she could be "accommodated" at the Driskill Hotel. She absolutely would NOT stay in the smaller, cheaper, less-than-stellar hotels outside of Austin. Just wouldn't do it, although Natalie Portmann most certainly did! And didn't make a big fuss about it, either!! How do I know this?!? I live in the area, and it's a well-known FACT.
Cosmos really? It couldn't have anything to do with who your granddaddy's and daddy's are/were?
"He’s (Jackie Gleason) had as much effect on me as he’s had on you."
Haha. Just like George W. Bush would've been President had he not been from the Bush family right?
Hollywood is 90% who you know or are related to, and this guy is no exception.
He was great in Rush & did a good job in Narc with Ray Liotta also.I agree that if he just said no comment the interview would suck,made for people magazine.I agree with Ricky Gervais hollywood is full of people kissing each others asses,god forbid someone would tell the truth how they felt about someone else in the industry
Let's see...a guy literally best known for 'comforting' his pal's almost bride-to-be Julia Roberts..has negative things to say about Ashley Judd. Which translates into: he didn;t get any, and is still bitter about the one who got away and more than that, obviously looked down on him.
I don't doubt Ms. Judd has been rude to the help – certainly not the first Hollywood diva.
But Mr Patric insulting his grandfather and Ashley...is another way of saying he has his own issues. And thanks, I am more interested in the more talented Ashley than anything the delusional Mr Patric – who somehow thinks doors were not openeed for him because of who his dad and granddad are. Yeah right.
Wow you guys are too much! You rip a guy for what he thinks and then you all think you know for sure what type of person Ashley Judd is! How can you possibly know that without spending 24/7 with her? My guess is he spent enough time with her to come to his conclusion and now you don't accept it? That is just plain crazy. Myself I like Patric and when I saw him in "Rush" years ago I thought now his guy can act and I give him credit for not riding on his family's coat strings like many famous people do! Before you judge him without seeing his work why don't you rent "Rush" and just maybe you will have a change of heart. For all the people that judge a person on how their hair or no hair looks, you should be ashamed and you will think back when your hair starts getting thinner, you lose it or it becomes grey and someone takes a potshot at you. Guys you may think it is funny but it really is not and you would think when you graduated from high school you would have learned that if not then at least by now grow up!
what article did u all read. wow talk about jerks . its widely known in the entertainment industry that judd is very hard to work with and selfish. a 9 yr old kid asked her for her autograph and she told him to leave her alone. if youve ever seen her do an interview shes very arrogant and rude. hey at least patric is truthful . i dont think hes a dick at all . just answering questions. its funny how from reading a few lines of an interview all of a sudden you know it all. get a life!!!!!
The film YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS with Ben Stiller was the performance of Patric's lifetime. He's not fake, and he doesn't want to project the fakeness Judd does so well. Obviously a lot of the people here are buying into Judd's 'classy' image. He calls it the way it is. Wish there were more like him, in every aspect of life.
I see that no one remembers Sleepers. Great cast and an even better movie– in my humble opinion.
Quick name 5 movies Jason Patric has starred in – better yet 5 HIT movies – what a jerk!
Speed 2....awwww crud
I find it funny that people are actually talking about Patric being washed up. It's true, his film career didn't go far, but his Broadway career has been pretty spectacular. And Ashley Judd IS NOT and A-list actress. At least not anymore. She is pulling out all stops to get back in the lime light. She is her own biggest fan. I have witnessed her many times at basketball games and the way that she treats people is just horrendous. She is lazy and arrogant. I think she is a horrible human being. And Jason Patric is not the only one to ever say that.
i know i'm an idiot (for anyone who wants to comment) but i was thinking it must take pretty much a full bar of soap just to wash his forehead.
Ashley is just a lazy and arrogant person that needs to ge out of this country. Ugly never was cute
Well if you ask anyone in the Broadway world, Ashley Judd was a nightmare to work with. It wasn't that much of a secret. She was known to be arrogant, a diva, and extremely demanding not to mention rude to anyone who she deemed "beneath" her (the crew, etc)
Jason patric is a wonderful actor and person.
I was always honest in my business activities; might have cost me dough, yet I slept better.
We as Americans need honesty; i was always honest in my business activities.
Honesty is wonderful and we need more of same.
It's nice to see some honesty for a change. Celebrities kissing each others' butts all the time gets old and boring fast.
I had the pleasure of being invited backstage by Margo Martindale after a performance of this play. Margo was wonderful, Ned Beatty was very nice, and Ashley was very warm and spent quite a while talking to us. it was a really cool experience.
Wow, how about trying to get a hairpiece that looks somewhat real. I mean, really, this looks like he's playing the part of a guy with a really bad combover. They do make ones that are decent, Jason.........
This guy sounds like a real JERK!!!!!!!!!!! maybe a little stuck on himself.
Sounds like a jerk. He must not have been in very many movies...i never heard of him. Or maybe he is just not well known enough to head line...That pic looks like his wig is coming off. He needs to get the name of the company who makes them for Elton John......At least his look real!!1
I love Ashley Judd...........!
I remember the reason given for Julia and him breaking up back when it happened was that he was abusive to her. He does sound a little angry (LOL!) but then, I don't know him personally so I can't really judge the guy.
Nice rug on his head. NOT!
I saw that production with Ashley Judd and she really was awful. I sat in the 3rd row and watched as she mouthed the lines of all the other actors. I couldn't believe they wasted that part on her. She's fine on film but just didn't transfer well to the stage.
She was actually repeating everyones lines on stage? Thats crazy. I can't believe they would actually allow her to do that! That would be horrible to see for sure.
Is it me or is his forehead getting bigger?
Actually, after Lost Boys came out and was a huge hit, I heard that Jason Patric was a self-centered, arrogant jerk. That was why his career floundered the way it did. Maybe that was true, maybe not. Maybe he and Ashley Judd didn't get along and brought out the worst in each other, maybe not. I'm just wondering why he mentioned her at all? Perhaps because he hasn't worked that much, so he had to reach back into the archives to have anything to say? And as far as Jackie Gleason goes – he definitely was a jerk. My drama professor in college was a young actress just starting out and got a job at the Ed Sullivan theater as an usherette. She says the girls would all try to hide and stay out of JG's way because he was always trying to feel them up backstage. So there's probably more than one reason why Jason wants to distance himself from his grandfather.
I don't see anything wrong with him speaking his mind. We have never worked with Ashley maybe she is arrogant and lazy??? but why sugar coat everthing he is just being honest, no harm there. Plus he also said he loved his work but jsut not working w/Ashley he does not sound arrogant or obnoxious to me at all...
I can not believe the responses here. I know absolutely nothing about Jason Patric... but the guy speaks his mind and everybody attacks him? Believe it or not, folks, celebrities are just people. Some are nice people, some are jerks, just like you. Maybe Ashely Judd is lazy and arrogant, did that ever occur to you? Frankly I find it refreshing to see a star NOT gushing and cooing over everybody he's ever worked with.
Wow! Can this guy sound like any more of a jerk? I believe his only claim to fame is "The Lost Boys" and maybe he should just crawl back into the woodwork. His mean spirited comments about Ashley Judd and Jackie Gleason were uncalled for. He sure doesn't understand the term diplomatic, does he?
A lot of actors have said similar things about Ashley Judd. Hell, some o the things she has said in interviews makes it sound very true.
INTERESTING, BOTH HARRY CONNICK JR AND MORGAN FREEMAN HAVE DONE AND ARE STILL DOING SEVERAL MOVIES WITH ASHLEY. MAYBE SHE'S NOT THE PROBLEM!
Yeah, I thought I was the only one that noticed Ashley Judd carried herself as if she is pompous. Her own mother and sister don't even speak of her b/c they hold her in such high princess status. Her acting is good, but not that good. Personally, if it weren't for her sister and mother, she'd still be a nobody. As for Jason Patric, yeah I'd forgotten about him before this article, and that's not meant to be ugly and mean spirited either. WilmaWonka, I doubt what he said about Ashley Judd has anything to do with him not able to handle a strong woman, and everything to do with Ashley Judd is just plain in love with herself.
Sounds like a guy who can't handle a strong woman.
He looks like a guy who says what it is. In the context of things he said, he seemed truthful and straightforward. It's refreshing.
I didn't read anything "negative" about his grandfather. All he said was that he didn't really know him and that Jackie Gleason was a hermit. Some of you need to learn COMPREHENSION!!! Also, are you a dick for saying something nasty about him on a public blog? If your answer is no, then why is he a one for making the comments he did about Ashley Judd? Maybe she is lazy and arrogant.
Whatever – this guy is fine. Stop jumping his scene as if your all examples of perfect. He had to put up with a Diva on Broadway and finally got to vent a little. Judd is a hottie but if the shoe fits wear it.
I'm not sure what the people attacking Patric are suggesting... that no person should ever say a critical word about another person in print? Because how do YOU know what his experience with Ashley Judd was like? (Judd is an actress who I've always liked onscreen, by the way... in Double Jeopardy, which was a ridiculous movie, her charisma carried the entire film... if she had been more career-minded in the following years and not devoted a lot of her time and energy to husband and kids I'm convinced she would be an A-List star today. Obviously I'm not saying she made a bad choice... family was more important to her than career... cool, different strokes for different folks.)
Perhaps she was a horrible person on set who treated everyone around her badly... I'm not saying I KNOW this, but let's say she was in fact a monster... is Patric obligated to hide this, or his disgust for her behavior? If so, why?
As for his comment on Gleason, what did he say that's so bad? It sounds like Gleason wasn't a very attentive grandfather, at least when it came to Patric... why should Patric pretend otherwise? Because you love the man who brought us Ralph Kramden and don't want anything unfavorable about him to come to light?
And as others have pointed out, Patric is shunning the idea that his heritage has given him some sort of genetic talent advantage over other people... I bet he sees himself as just another working actor, and not some prince of the realm with inborn gifts denied to the rest of us.
Mr. "C" List speaks out! Sounds like Ashley Judd might have "shut him down" if you get my drift!
Hmmm Ashley Judd has a successful career and most people don't remember Jason Patric. He also hasn't had a hit movie since 1996, if you can call that a hit.
Actually Jason Patrick has been in several hit movie, Rush with Jennifer Jason Leigh was a very popular movie in the 90"s. Even more recently, he was in the big screen hit My sister's keeper. It doesn't make him arrogant to speak his opinion.....
What has Ashley done lately?? Her career seems to have dried up.
I am quite amused that some of you haven't heard that Ashley Judd is arrogant. In every other interview, she always has to bring up she speaks French fluently. Moreover, she makes it a point to air her political views. Yawn!
This guy has issues, he did his friends girlfriend, then she dumped him, like she dumped his friend, he talks trash on Judd and even trashes his grandfather who will be remembered for generations, Jason who?
who is he again? I'm sure poor ashley judd is just all broken up that this b-lister doesn't approve of her
Jason Patric, I do know who you are and you ROCK. I thought I was the only who found Ashley Dudd pretentious and delusional while marginally talented. Some of you folks out there are missing the point. Here is a person who is private and talented who has been purposeful in distinguishing himself from his famous father and grandfather. I respect him for achieving his place without riding on the coattails of Jason Miller and Jackie Gleason. Unlike the pompous Miss Ashley who doesn't do anything unless she gets some press. He has had a more interesting career that is just as successful. Jason calling Ashley arrogant and lazy was probably just the tip of the iceberg, he probably had lots more to share but restrained himself. Glad someone exposed her.
I've heard from others in the industry (personally, not through news sites) who have worked with her both in front of and behind the camera that Ms Judd is "arrogant" (and some other not so print-friendly appellations). His is just another confirmation of what I've heard from them.
Same here. Many stories. But those are kept private, which JP should have done.
kiefer is known for his drinking problem. I don't really think Patric was enabling him.
Believe the Patric/Roberts/Sutherland 'menage' happened around 1989/1990 during 'Flatliners' – not 'Lost Boys' .. I hate it when 'reporters' don't get their facts straight. Check 'em!
Yeah for Jason Patric's comments about that dreadful Ashley Judd. Talk about an arrogant person who constantly carries herself in an affected manner. Love listening to her try to cram as many polysyllabic words in a sentence to remind herself and everyone else how brilliant she thinks she is. Here in TN private pilots won't fly her. She brings her dogs and is too lazy to pick up their surprises. She is a legend in her own mind who would kill for any publicity because she is so irrelevant unlike the notoriously private Mr. Patric. Kudos to him for outing this self absorbed blowhard.
I agree that Ashley's vocabulary is over the top in interviews. She does think she is a legend in her own mind. I remember hearing about her trying to talk on the owner/pit crew's communications radio to her husband during a race and they told her to get the **** off the radio. I'm glad they put her in her place.
Judd is a well known egotistical jerk; he just had the guts to say it. Jackie Gleason, beloved by his fans, was pretty much hated by anyone that was close to him. Gleason was the adult; it was he who should have built the relationship with his grandson; not the other way around. I didn't even know, until this article, that he was his grandson. One question, why didn't he get the role of Jim Morrison instead of Val Kilmer? He was a dead ringer 25 years ago.
Nice bitter words from someone whose career peaked 25 years ago with The Lost Boys. Perhaps it would be better if Jason just maintained his silence for the next decade or so. He was more interesting until I read this article. Actually, I think I missed the point of the article – was there one?
He's honest. And known for it in the industry. Some love and respect that. Others not so much. Bottom line, if you want something other than truth, ask somebody else.
Uh, one can be honest, and still have class. One can be honest and still be a gentleman. Patrick appears to be the lazy one. He can't take the time to do that. So, he's passive-aggressive, defensive, and bitter instead cause it's quicker and requires less thought.
His honesty is refreshing! Why read the same interviews over and over. Think about the places you've worked. You liked some co-workers, disliked others. Life on a set must be no different. They're acting. I wish all actors would give some real information on how they feel!
He sounds like someone with major passive-aggressive issues. BITTER.
His co-star maybe was lazy and arrogant, but when you bad-mouth people like that, it just makes you look like the jerk.
One of these days I knocking my arrogant pos grandson and knocking him straight to moon, Alice. Straight to the moon.
He needs to do something about that fivehead he's got.
What about Rush?
So, no one ever hears about him and to get publicity he bad mouths his co-stars? Perhaps Ashley is WAY to classy to give him the time of day. What a jerk. And rather negative comments regarding his grandfather.....again what a jerk
Would have made for a pretty boring interview had he just responded with "no comment" to every question they asked. His point about his grandfather was that people keep bringing that up and asking him what he was like but that it has nothing to do with who he is because he didn't know him. It's like "oh, you're from the loins of so-and-so, so you must be a great actor (or insert any other profession) because of that." They seem to do it often, particularly to actors and actresses.
I agree with shawna. Boring or not it is low of him to say something negative about Ashley and Gleason. He could have stopped at saying that he did not see his grandpa a lot because he did not grow up around him, and he could have omitted the derogatory remark about Ashley. For me, it only shows his bitterness and shows that he cannot be trusted.
Eww, What an arrogant jerk! I would bet that Patric used Gleason being his grandfather to get into showbiz in the first place, now he is putting him down. Not cool.
No, Jan he did not use his grandfather's name to get into the business; if you've read any of his recent interviews, you'd know that he went to great pains to distance himself from that connection. Way to judge someone with all the wrong facts. How would you feel about a stranger doing the same to you? Not too happy, I'd bet.
I don't think what he said about Ashley means he can't be trusted; it means he has no class, grace or style. All of which Ashley has.
Maybe Jason should remain private and keep his comments to himself. Quite frankly he seems bitter about a few people in his life. Sometimes, it is better to say nothing at all. I don't remember ever hearing Ashley Judd say anything negative about him. If you didn't have much of a relationship with your grandfather, fine, but maybe the world didn't need to read about it. Maybe he would have preferred privacy. Maybe he didn't have much of a relationship with his grandfather and that affected him negatively. Does anyone ever really know?
@Shawna....good points. Perhaps his grandfather knew he would turn into an arrogant jerk – who should keep his thoughts private.
Patric sounds like kind of a dick. He did a nice job in Lost Boys but I never though much of anything else he was in... Then his hair fell out...Movie career over.
So Kiefer hasn't given up the booze. Nice part playing the enabler Jason.
Gee, they speak well of you...jealous much?
Drinks don't have to have alcohol in them.
This guy seems to be a real loser. Even his wig is ugly
HAPPY SAINT PATRICKS DAY ! WE HOPE IT WILL BE THE BEST !
Hmm, do you think Ashley's arrogance had anything to do with her feeling the same way about you?
Yeah, he sounds like a real pig..
I was thinking same thing.. he sounds like a real jerk!!!
Maybe that would be true–if everyone didn't have the same experience with her.
Why do you think she hasn't been working?
No one wants to work with her.
Even a doofus like Patric can be right occasionally.
Typical women responses ITT...always blame the man for pointing out how awful you are...
I think Jason Patric is a really good actor with a lot of good roles under his belt. He has always been a very private individual who goes to great lengths to keep his private life out of the limelight. They asked his opinion he gave it. He has worked with her and he disliked her and her work ethics. He's not the first to say she acts like a spoiled brat. Why condemn him for his apparently honest opinion of her?
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