“I certainly never hung out with them,” McCarthy, 49, told Celebuzz while promoting his new travel memoir The Longest Way Home. “I was much more of a loner and living in New York.”
“At the time, I didn’t like the label,” he said of the Brat Pack, which included the likes of Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. “I thought it was pejorative. Now, it’s become an endearing term. I’m good with it now.”
To this day, McCarthy says he gets recognized “daily” for his work in the ’80s, especially for playing Blane in the Molly Ringwald vehicle Pretty in Pink.
“It doesn’t bother me,” he said. “Those movies are really important to people. The bigger question is, Who would have thought a movie about a girl going to a dance would still be talked about 25 years later? A lot of those movies have just become iconic in a way that defines a generation.”
“I was on the subway the other day, and a woman recognized me and said, ‘I just want you to know my husband died two months ago and this is the first time I’ve smiled,'” he revealed. “Oh my God, we both had tears in our eyes. We were hugging on the subway.”
In The Longest Way Home, McCarthy — who is now an award-winning editor for National Geographic Travel — writes about how traveling helped him sort out many of his personal issues.
One particular incident involved sailing down the Amazon to figure outwhy he was not prepared to wed his longtime fiance and baby mama, Dolores, with an open heart.
“What was interesting to me was the paradox,” he said. “I’m trying to find a way to find intimacy at home and the way I’m going to do that is by leaving. That to me makes complete sense; to other people it seems ridiculous. For me travel is the opposite of escape. Travel gives me clarity.”
McCarthy — who finally married Dolores in 2011 — also touches upon his problems with drinking.
“All the things I included were in service to establish to the reader [that] this is the kind of person who’s going to be with you on this journey,” he said. “I tried to be as open and honest as possible. I drank too much for a couple of years. It took me a couple of years to realize it and a couple of years to do something about it. It was a big event in my life, but it wasn’t the event in my life.”
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