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Pat Dollard, Hollywood Guy Gone Gonzo
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
After his fourth wife left him because she got upset about his hobbies, which included cocaine and hookers, Hollywood agent/producer Pat Dollard decided to get his head together by flying to Iraq to hang out with Marines and fight insurgents and film a pro-war documentary that would make him "the Michael Moore of the right."
A few weeks later, he sent his Hollywood pals a photo of himself with a Mohawk haircut, a machine gun and the word DIE shaved into his chest hair. After that, things started to get weird.
Dollard, 42, admits all this stuff -- and much, much more! -- in a wonderfully bizarre profile in the March issue of Vanity Fair. It's the strange story, writes author Evan Wright, of how "a confessed whore-loving, alcoholic, coked-out Hollywood agent" became "the great hope of conservative America."
"Pat Dollard is the only person I know in Hollywood who's crazier than me," says actor Billy Bob Thornton, who was one of his clients back when Dollard was an Armani-wearing agent. He had a unique business style: He'd treat colleagues and prospective clients to what he calls "non-wedding-connected bachelor parties with drugs and hookers."
The booze and dope fueled many crazy antics, and in the spring of 2004, cops handcuffed Dollard and carted him off to the psych unit of an L.A. hospital.
"Around this time he began his political conversion," Wright notes. "Somewhere between the Roman orgy and the mental ward he became a staunch supporter of George W. Bush's."
He showed his support for the war in Iraq by accessorizing his Hummer with a vanity plate that read US WINS. Then, after another epic binge of cocaine and call girls, he went to Iraq to shoot a documentary.
Somehow he got embedded with a group of Marines, who gave him an affectionate nickname, unprintable here. One day while the Marines were on patrol in a town called Musayyib, Dollard encountered an Iraqi selling whiskey. He bought three bottles, got crazy drunk and ripped a sign off a mosque, which angered the locals and sparked a gunfight. On another occasion, according to Dollard and several Marines, he walked into a pharmacy, showed the owner his gun and stole a cache of drugs, including liquid Valium, which he shared with some of the Marines.
In March 2005, Dollard returned to Los Angeles and began editing his 243 hours of videotape into a movie called "Young Americans." He also announced that he was starting his own anti-jihadi movement.
"I'm a warrior, dude," he told Wright. "My role is to fight the battle against Islamic fundamentalist Fascism."
Alas, his progress as both warrior and filmmaker stalled when he went on another epic booze-and-dope binge. When he got out of rehab, he hired an ex-con to keep him sober but the two of them ended up smoking meth and making a porn movie starring Dollard and the ex-con's girlfriend.
Meanwhile, he showed parts of his still-unfinished film to conservative activists and soon he was hanging out with Ann Coulter and appearing on Fox's "Hannity & Colmes," jabbering about Iraq and evil Hollywood liberals.