Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: Rick's Hidden Medical Condition Explained

Rick Dalton was dealing with more than just his career in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, as he had a medical condition he didn't know about.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: Rick's Hidden Medical Condition Explained

followed Rick Dalton’s life closely, and while it didn’t explicitly mention a certain medical condition, it did leave some clues about it. Four years after his last film, , Quentin Tarantino returned with a new film that followed the steps of by telling an alternate version of history. Titled Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, the story is set in the late 1960s and included many celebrities from the decade as well as Charles Manson (Damon Herriman) and his “family”.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood introduced viewers to Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his best friend and stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), who had worked together for years and struggled to remain active and relevant in the final years of Hollywood’s golden age. The film also included Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) and gave her a completely different ending, with Manson’s family members going after Rick and Cliff instead. Rick went from struggling actor to quite possibly having a second chance in his career following his near to death experience with the Manson clan, but underneath all the action and the ups and downs in his career and life in general, Rick was also dealing with his mental health.

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The film never mentioned Rick having any type of medical condition, though it did show him drinking heavily, to the point where it affected his performance on set. As it turns out, this was a coping method for him as he was dealing with a bigger problem, but he never knew – or at least not during the events of the film.

As mentioned above, Rick Dalton was a drinker, something that increased as his career got worse. One of the inspirations for the character was actor Pete Duel, who starred on the 1970s Western series Alias Smith and Jones and who died by suicide in 1971 after struggling with alcoholism and quite possibly an undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Speaking to , Tarantino shared that DiCaprio needed more to find “his character” and so told him Duel’s story, which DiCaprio found useful when building his performance. Tarantino added that an undiagnosed bipolar disorder and not knowing how it works, with the “weird pendulum swings of emotion” that would bring, became something interesting that Rick could go through and was “solid ground” in which DiCaprio could work and build the character.

Not explicitly mentioning that Rick Dalton is bipolar was part of the plan, as Tarantino wanted to show it through Rick’s actions. Throughout the film, Rick has various breakdowns of which many happen abruptly, such as the one in his trailer after forgetting his lines while . His undiagnosed bipolar disorder would also be behind his drinking problem and how it got worse with time, as he used it as a coping method. Tarantino and the main cast of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood paid attention to even the smallest and most subtle details, and you might want to keep this one about Rick Dalton in mind the next time you watch the film.

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The celebrities, who share their take on the world of television, are a fun mix of names from the tech industry, social media and entertainment.

Celebrity Watch Party Cast: Who Is On Fox's New Show?

By now, you've probably heard all about Celebrity Watch Party, but here's your chance to meet the cast. The diverse group of notables, who share their take on the world of television each week, is a fun mix of names from the tech industry, social media and entertainment. Some of the cast members just might shock you.

Tyra Banks isn't letting the recent controversy surrounding her stint as host and producer of America's Next Top Model get her down. She and her mom, Carolyn, have audiences rolling with their whip-smart one-liners. Then again, snuggling up with the 'rents was always the funnest part of bedtime.


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Fresh off her (obvious) is JoJo Siwa (below). The singer and Dance Moms alum is an enthusiastic breath of fresh air, lending her youthful and energetic opinions about...well, everything. Who better to talk about viral moments than the Internet's most engaging star? Perfect timing, too. Siwa's tour was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, so she's got plenty of time to captivate new fans.

It's all in the family for actor Rob Lowe. He's a series regular on Fox's action drama 9-1-1: Lone Star, and he also hosts the game show Mental Samurai for the network. Lowe's comedy chops are strong, as well. He starred on Parks and Rec, and has appeared in films like Tommy Boy and Wayne's World. Being under California's stay-at-home coronavirus order has only made him sharper, wittier and more insightful for Celebrity Watch Party's audience.


They met as partners on season 20 of Dancing With the Stars. Now Robert and Kym Herjavec go from being the story to talking about other people on reality shows and the like. Celebrity Watch Party gives this high-power married couple the chance to show their chill side, while keeping their fans up to date on , as well as Kym's world outside of the ballroom.


He was Steve Jobs' right-hand man and Apple's co-founder. Now, Steve Wozniak steps into the limelight, lending his take on the week's current events and pop culture nuggets. Celebrity Watch Party isn't Woz's first time on reality TV. Viewers might remember his brief stint on .


Rapper Master P is about to "Make 'Em Say Ugh" with his hilarious commentary on everything from Elon Musk's baby's name to discussing his favorite TV shows opposite son, Lil' Romeo. Both father and son have competed on Dancing With the Stars, so they know television well!


He's the charismatic celebrity chef who has and authored several top-selling books. She was the little girl we all loved from the Toys R Us commercials as a kid, who went on to star in beloved shows like Beverly Hills 90210, The Bold and the Beautiful, and most recently, Splitting Up Together. Now this power couple teams up to weigh in on the world's television happenings as only they can.


Don't call it a comeback...Kelly Osbourne's been here for years! The sartorial member of the famed Osbourne family delivers her biting wit, as she comments on television's craziest comments alongside parents Ozzy and Sharon. Viewers might remember Kelly as a panelist on E!'s Fashion Police, as well as her own viral moment she made when guest-hosting The View.


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