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Giving Drugs A Glamour Makeover On Film

June 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Above: author of Twelve, Nick McDonell

Next year’s movie du jour for your teenager will undoubtedly be Twelve.

Starring Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford in the lead role as the drug-dealing prep school dropout White Mike, behind-the-scenes images of the usually clean-cut star in ‘messed-up’ mode are already doing the rounds of teenage fan sites, such as Pop Sugar. The movie only started filming in April this year.

The photo below shows a scruffier Crawford on the set of Twelve in his role as chief drug-dealer.


The movie is based on Nick McDonell’s first novel, which he wrote when he was just 17 years old. Twelve is about drug addiction, violence and sex among mainly wealthy Manhattan teenagers. You already know it’s going to be a hit. Throw heart-throb Crawford into the mix and the drug-dealing life can’t help but appear glamorous. Girls want to be with him, guys wish they could be him.

Crawford, in A Cosmo Girl photoshoot below, plays Nate Archibald in Gossip Girl. Not surprisingly, he has developed a massive teen fan base. I’ll put money on his fan base growing further after this film.

According to Wikipedia, the title refers to a new designer drug which the protagonist of the novel, White Mike, sells. The drug is referred to as a cross between cocaine and ecstasy.

Twelve received mixed reviews when it was published seven years ago.

Below: the book cover

Publishers Weekly calls it a “shocker of a first novel”. “Although it brims with New York references, eg. the MetLife Building and Lenox Hill Hospital this is really a story about excess and its effects. The final scene, at a raging New Year’s Eve party, will leave readers stunned, as well as curious as to what might come next from this precocious writer.”

It was, however, a best-seller, and this review by 18-year-old Jess on offers an insight into how aspirational the book and film might be for your teen.
“Twelve Rocks!, August 26, 2005, By Hunnyrockzstar “Rock my face!” (I am hiding) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Twelve (Paperback)
I loved this book. This book was written beautifully, the author has a great, fresh new style with a sharp, intense bite to it that gave me the chills. Rock on Nick!

Be afraid.

Tags: Addiction · Drugs · Heroes · Media · sex

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