It’s hard to remember when D.P. Smith was on top of the world.
He’d already earned a Grammy for his song “Downtown” and, with his new album, “Biggest Loser,” he had the world on his side.
But the Big Short, a movie about a failed Wall Street broker who buys a home and a car in a housing bubble, was already a sleeper hit.
The film earned Smith an Oscar nomination for best picture, and the soundtrack went on to sell more than 5 million copies worldwide.
“The biggest movie of this year was a bad movie, and it was one of my worst movies,” Smith told Rolling Stone magazine in a profile published last year.
“It’s hard not to be a little bit sad about it.
I think I’d still rather watch it than the other movies.”
As it turned out, it was only the beginning.
As Smith’s career and career in Hollywood blossomed, his reputation was being damaged.
He was the subject of a slew of sex abuse allegations, including one involving a woman he had a romantic relationship with.
And the accusations only continued.
Smith filed for bankruptcy protection in 2011, after losing his home and his movie rights.
He said that he had been diagnosed with a rare and severe form of dementia, but he refused to go public with the diagnosis until after the end of the decade.
In 2017, he opened up about the past with his longtime producer, Chris Gould, and talked about the future.
“I’m not going to do this movie again until the end,” Smith said at the time.
“And I won’t do it for another two years.”
“The Big List” chronicles Smith’s recovery and how he came to realize that his career was over.
The actor is in the midst of a comeback tour, which includes appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
He is also planning a documentary on his life.
And he’s set to make his first foray into acting at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, when he’ll be in Los Angeles to speak at the Screen Actors Guild’s Awards Ceremony.
For Smith, the experience was “like waking up on the morning of a hurricane,” he told Rolling Out in an interview.
But he said that his time in the spotlight was the most fulfilling of his career.
“This is where I learned to be more patient, to have more of a heart to me, and to embrace the journey of being who I am,” he said.
“If you want to have the greatest career, you’ve got to have that little bit of patience.”
“When I’m sitting here, I feel the same way I feel in the beginning,” Smith added.
“Because I’m like, this is the best time of my life.
This is what I’ve been waiting for.
This feels like the end.
This felt like a dream.
This was like being in a dream, and I’m really excited.”
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