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Adrien Brody Suffered Depression After ‘The Pianist’

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Jul 09, 2012 04:02 PM EDT

Adrien Brody Holds up Best Actor Oscar in 2003.

Actor Adrien Brody says he became "seriously depressed" after making Oscar-winning film "The Pianist".

In the 2002 Roman Polanski film, Brody played a Jewish-Polish man trying to escape the Holocaust. It earned him a Best Actor Oscar, but he said the dark project left him with depression long after shooting had finished.

"[It was] all-consuming. For a good year after, I was probably seriously depressed," he told The Observer. "There were severe transitions that I put myself through physically and emotionally."

"I shot it when I was 27, and that was my real awakening and entrance into adulthood, that responsibility, and awareness of my own good fortune that I had taken for granted," he added.

The 39-year-old actor, who began acting at age 13, became the youngest person to win the Best Actor Academy Award for his role in the 2002 hit movie when he was 29.

Brody can next be seen in drama Detachment, which is released on July 13.



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