The Oscar winner portrayed a doctor who becomes addicted to OxyContin.
For his portrayal of a doctor caught up in the opioid crisis in Hulu’s “Dopesick,” Michael Keaton won the SAG Award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a TV movie or limited series on Sunday. It’s a win that has personal significance for him.
“Because of the topic, this is for my nephew Michael and sister Pam.” “I lost Michael, I lost my nephew Michael to drugs, and that stings,” Keaton said as he choked back tears at the end of his acceptance speech.
The Oscar winner earlier stated that he was forced to participate in the Hulu project because of his nephew, who died while he was in his thirties.
In August 2021, he told the Hollywood Reporter, “I thought, ‘Well, if this is even somewhat good, I have to do this.” “It just so happens to be fantastic.”
Keaton’s acceptance speech began on a lighthearted note, as he took his time coming to the stage, claiming that he needed to use the lavatory. But it quickly became serious as he expressed gratitude for “how privileged” he is to be a part of shows or films like “Dopesick” that “may produce discussion, conversation, and true change.”
While condemning the “huge unfairness in the world,” Keaton pledged to do everything in his power to bring about change.
“I can feel the thunder of eye-rolling coming through right now, people telling me stuff like ‘Shut up and dribble,’ ‘Shut up and act,'” he continued, referring to Laura Ingraham’s comments about LeBron James on Fox News.
“I’m quitting acting.” To a huge applause, Keaton added, “The shutting up, not so much.”