I - Eszterhas, a big smoker
a) A way to fit in the American society
He started smoking very young (12) to try to integrate the American society. Indeed he was a immigrant kid.So smoking gave him a sort of cool attitude : it conveys the message that smoking is the key to social success, that tobacco use is fun, sophisticated, modern, "adult" behaviour and thus cigarettesymbolises independence and maturity. He wouldn't be different from the other young Americans. In fact he imitated one's peers.
b) Throat cancer changed his life
He was a militant smoker. It was apart of his image of bad boy with "smoking, drinking, partying, rock'n'roll". He didn't realize how smoking was bad for the health and he didn't expect to get cancer. Indeed his smoking years havemade him sick. Now he is aware of the risks of smoking, that's why he decided to write this article so as to warn young people.
II - Eszterhas and Hollywood have "blood on their hands"
a)Cigarette, the favourite movies prop
Hollywood had both promoted the American dream and cigarettes. Indeed cigarettes were glamorising and particularly in Eszterhas' film were it was a part a sexualseduction. It was the favourite prop, because it was an easy way to occupy the actors' hands and show their state of mind. Now he is urging Hollywood to rethink the way it presents smoking. Eszterhas feels...