I'm reading the Hellraisers: The Life And Inebriated Times of [Richard] Burton, [Richard] Harris, [Peter] O'Toole and [Oliver] Reed, by Robert Sellers, at the moment.
O'Toole and Harris are quoted as saying that the good thing about booze was that you could do everything and anything on it.
And on her special day, Keri Russell chose to spend it with her love of three-and-a-half years, Matthew Rhys.
For their romantic Brooklyn stroll on Thursday, the birthday girl walked hand-in-hand with her man, with the two having a laugh at one point.
Now living in Los Angeles, he has starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the film Titus, but is now better known as the gay lawyer Kevin Walker in the US hit television series Brothers And Sisters.
Within the microcosm of a film you get drawn to people.
If you mess around, it's not tolerated, and bad reputations are very quickly come by.
Throughout the shoot you have these stupid fantasies that you'll become the best of friends and go on road trips together. I came out here three years ago because the work was really drying up back home, with less and less drama being made. In the film industry, there's an enormous amount of superficiality, so there are moments when you find yourself saying, 'What am I doing here?
I've never really had any interest in drugs because I enjoyed sport.The exciting years kicked off at 15 or 16, when we started trying to get into pubs.I hung around with the rugby crowd, so it was all beer really.There are certain projects you care enormously about, and The Edge Of Love was one because I was portraying a great hero of mine, Dylan Thomas.Sometimes, you invest a little more in a part than you need to.