Alex Winter, formerly of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure among many other productions such as the documentary, Deep Web, opened up about his history as an abused child actor.According to Winter, he suffered “in the 1970’s” at the hands of an unknown man in the Hollywood scene who is now passed away.
In an interview with BBC Radio, the actor revealed that he “felt like a survivor.” The 52-year-old said he “began to do work” on his PTSD in his teens.
However, it took a long time to heal, but it wasn’t really until he was in his 30’s where he started to “do the heavy lifting on this stuff.”
Winter said that the filming of the 1989 comedy film, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, helped him out a lot. It was incredibly “helpful” in his recovery.
The 52-year-old said at the time, he didn’t realize it, but he grew to understand the film’s significance.
He wasn’t that interested in college or doing shows or anything serious, but the filming of Bill & Ted helped him find a comfortable spot because of its “safe and sweet” theme.
On the other hand, Winter acknowledged the abuse of power within social structures is endemic to human nature, something which can’t be fixed, but only mitigated and dealt with.
The actor said, “these issues are part of the fabric of human nature,” and they’ve existed since the beginning of our species. However, something can be done, and there is a need for “unpleasant” conversations to sort it all out. The documentarian said, “that will take time.”