The Mighty Ducks may have come out 26 years ago, but the film's fans still remember it fondly. At least they do according to Shaun Weiss, who played the goalie, Greg Goldberg, in the 1992 feel-good sports film.
TMZ reports Weiss just checked himself into rehab after being arrested for public intoxication earlier this month. His mugshot later went viral among fans of the Disney film, causing them to reach out to the actor.
"At this time, in an effort to break free from the self destructive patterns of behavior and drug abuse that have landed me at rock bottom, (to be real... BELOW rock bottom. Even rock bottom is like "holy sh!t, how'd you get all the way down there?') I have checked in to a well reguarded (sic), long term rehabilitation center," he wrote in a Facebook post. "My spirit was until recently depleted, weak and shrouded by darkness has been renewedby (sic) the overwhelming out-pouring of love and support from fans of my early work as an actor."
He went on describe how he's received support and even food from fans "Reaching out to me not only on-line, but in person. Everywhere I go, morning, noon and night, folks whom I've never met before approach me with big smiles and hugs, invigorating encouragement, even food. And not junk, the good stuff, grandma's stuffed peppa's," he says. "I hear stories about how much Heavyweights or the Ducks movies impacted their lives or helped them through hard times or just made them laugh over and over. Such a testament to all the blood, sweat and tears everybody put into those flicks during that magical time over 20 years ago. Please believe how medicinal these personal exchanges are for me. Even if you think I'm the knuckle-puck guy or the fat kid from Hook. In the midst of my most challenging times your support is giving me the strength I need to embark down the long road to recovery."
Weiss even threw in a Mighty Ducks reference for the true fans by quoting Bette Midler's song: "Guys, you ARE THE wind beneath my wings." Ducks fly together, right?