The Nick Nolte mug shot from 2002 has become the stuff of internet legend. In the photo, snapped when he was busted in Malibu for driving under the influence of GHB, Nolte is wild-eyed, with mad scientist hair and an ill-fitting Hawaiian shirt. He barely resembles the heartthrob he once was.
Nolte himself has never spoken about the infamous photo — until now. In the latest issue of GQ magazine, Nolte reveals that the pic wasn’t his mug shot at all, it was just a photo that a cop asked to take at the hospital, where Nolte was getting a blood test.
“I said, ‘Come on, you don’t really want to ask that, do you?'” says
Nolte. Nolte told the officer to share any proceeds he got from selling the shot with the rest of his squad. “And I let him shoot
Nolte recalls that when the bloodshot revealed that it was GHB, not alcohol, in his system, he got a call from his friend Marlon Brando. “He said, ‘You know, I don’t know if you were drunk or if you’re not, I
just want to say one thing – don’t run away from anything.’ I said, ‘No,
I won’t run away.’ “
He says he never again used GHB — but he’d be willing to try it again with a doctor present. Somehow, we doubt that would happen.