Mcshane 'Can't Remember First Two Marriages'
British actor Ian McShane has no recollection of his first two marriages - because he was drinking copiously to ease his unhappiness.
The star, who plays Blackbeard in the next Pirates of the Caribbean film, endured a lengthy battle with alcohol when he first broke into the industry as a teenager.
MCShane insists he can barely remember his marriages to actress Suzan Farmer, who he divorced after three years in 1968, and Ruth Post, who he has two children with.
He tells Britain's The Independent Magazine, "I started this so young - my first film was at 19 - I was not really happy. You don't know it at the time, but looking back I didn't know who the f**k I was. I don't remember my first two marriages... the details are very sketchy.
"My first wife was delightful. She was the queen of the Hammer Horror movies, but I never saw her for two years. It was the Sixties... My second marriage was to a girl I met in Manchester (England), kept a long-distance relationship going for two years, then we got married... disaster."
MCShane has now been sober for 23 years and he's adamant he won't fall back into his wild ways: "I went to an AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meeting with a friend and I haven't had a drink since, and I never think twice about it. But you must never be smug... about anything.
"Anyway, it's exhausting, that lifestyle. You think 'I'm getting old, give it up... there's a new generation who can take over and have a good time.'"
MCShane wed his third wife Gwen Humble in 1980.