Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton’s life may be a bit upside down these days. Eagled-eyed fans noticed the actor was notably absent from the Westwood red-carpet premiere of Stanger Things Season 2 last week. Heaton, who plays Will’s brother Jonathan Byers fully intended to partake in the festivities; unfortunately, the British actor was detained at LAX for cocaine possession.
“Foreign nationals may be inadmissible due to the commission of a crime involving drug possession,” Jaime Ruiz, branch chief of strategic media engagement for U.S. Customs and Border Protection tells THR. Law enforcement officials confirmed to THR that they found traces of cocaine and Heaton admitted consumption of drugs to them. Heaton, an English citizen, was detained at LAX and denied entry to the country, missing the Westwood premiere of his Netflix show’s second season.
While there’s a knee-jerk tendency to revel in the follies of the famous, I sincerely hope Heaton gets his shit together. If he’s so hooked on coke he felt the need to use on an 8-hour flight, perhaps this is the wake-up call he needs to check his self-destructive behaviors. He’s a talented actor with a bright future—so long as he doesn’t fuck it up!
It’s much too soon to know how Heaton’s bust will affect his ability to participate in future seasons of Stranger Things. Season 2 hit Netflix yesterday, meaning thousands of fans are likely pulling all-nighters binge-watching. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, peep the trailer and synopsis for Stranger Things Season 2 below.
Joyce (Winona Ryder), is attempting to make things stable for Will and his brother, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and she is dating an old high school classmate, Bob (The Goonies’ Sean Astin). “She’s trying to mask a lot,” explains Ryder. “I think she’s made this choice with Bob because she wants a good father figure in her sons’ lives.”
Meanwhile, Hopper (David Harbour) is attempting to keep all the events of last season, like the disappearance of Barb, a secret in order to protect Joyce and the kids. “It kind of falls on Hopper to be the voice of authority to say, ‘This did happen and this didn’t happen,’” says Harbour. “He’s struggling with the compromise that takes him to, having to lie and cover things up.” Siblings Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Mike are also much changed and mourning the (seeming) deaths of friends Barb and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). “She and Mike are both the most screwed-up because they’re the ones who both lost someone,” says co-creator Ross Duffer. “They’re both grappling with that, and we see the effects.”
Shaking up the dynamics in Hawkins is the arrival of another brother-sister duo, Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and Max (Sadie Sink). While Max becomes pals with the boys and attracts romantic interest from Lucas and Dustin (played by actors Caleb McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo), Billy doesn’t exactly make friends. Teases Matt Duffer, “Stephen King always has really great human villains. The evil in the real world is often as bad or worse than the supernatural evil, so we wanted to introduce a character like that.”
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