NEW YORK – Troubled West Wing honcho Aaron Sorkin, nabbed on drug charges in April, says he was often high on crack when he wrote the 1995 movie The American President.
"I was smoking crack cocaine every day" while writing the movie, Sorkin tells TV Guide in an interview appearing in the magazine's upcoming issue.
Sorkin says that while living at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, he would write a few pages of the movie a day, while he was sober — then put the Do Not Disturb sign on his door and get high on crack.
"That is why it took me three years to write the script," he says.
Sorkin also tells TV Guide about his April 15 arrest at Burbank Airport for carrying cocaine, marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms while boarding a flight for Las Vegas.
"I had just been to the wrap party [for the previous West Wing season] the night before. It was a stupid way of celebrating that the pressure was off," he says.
Sorkin, who spent time at the Hazelden Institute in 1995 trying to kick his free-base habit, claims to have smoked crack cocaine "fewer than five times" over the past two years.
His estranged wife, Julia, also talks of his drug use in the upcoming September issue of Talk magazine, which also features an interview with Sorkin.
"I am totally convinced that the number of times since Hazelden that Aaron has smoked cocaine is very few, because I know it's completely incapacitating," she says.
But Sorkin tells TV Guide he also smoked dope.
"From time to time, I would smoke pot," he says. "Granted — it's illegal. That notwithstanding, I wouldn't smoke pot and say, 'Now I need to have this other thing [crack].'"
Sorkin, now separated from Julia, claims he's been clean and sober since his April arrest.