The Crown Depicts JFK as a Jealous, Controlling Husband With a Drug Problem

He is perhaps the most portrayed president in American history.

But fans of The Crown can expect to see a different side of John F. Kennedy when he appears in the show’s second season.

On the surface, Micheal C. Hall’s Kennedy may seem ever the charming and inspiring leader, underneath the facade is a jealous, controlling husband and a high functioning drug addict.

The Netflix drama, which focuses on the lives of the British royals, pulls no punches as it portrays JFK as a scheming conniver who is prone to sudden outbursts when he is away from the public’s gaze.

JFK, a serial womanizer, was on a cocktail of drugs during his presidency to cope with various medical ailments, according to medical records.

He first used steroids to treat his autoimmune deficiency, then turned to painkillers when they damaged his bones. When he found the painkillers slowing him down, he began taking amphetamines.

Presidential historian Robert Dallek, a history professor at Boston University, told ABC claims Kennedy suffered from colitis, prostatitis, and Addison’s disease, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar and sodium, and osteoporosis.

Medical records reveal that Kennedy was taking a mix of drugs including codeine, Demerol and methadone for pain; Ritalin, meprobamate and librium for anxiety; barbiturates, thyroid hormone; steroids, antihistamines, and more.

‘He was very much a functional addict — initially by necessity and then he was managing the side effects. I think he had his own Dr. Feelgood and that was part of the picture.’

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Source: Daily Mail