If Hollywood had its own encyclopedia, there would most likely a little sub-chapter at the end of the chapter on actors titled “Allegedly Abusive Assholes.” You’d most likely find Josh Brolin in there, although you’d be hard pressed to find his thoughts on the matter. He’s never really spoken about his 2004 arrest for spousal battery against his then-wife Diane Lane. He was recently asked about that arrest, and he made it clear he’s really not that interested in explaining himself.
Back in December 2004, after being married for only four months, Josh Brolin was arrested in the Los Angeles home he shared with Diane Lane. Diane had called the police to report that Josh had hit her. He was released after posting $20,000 bail. Their spokesperson at the time helped Josh and Diane lift the corners of the rug and sweep this all away by saying it was all a “misunderstanding,” and that she didn’t want to press charges but the police took him away anyway.
Josh and Diane stayed together for another nine years, until they got divorced in 2013. A month after they split, he got together with his now-wife. That same year he went to rehab to deal with alcohol issues.
The topic of that 2004 domestic battery situation came up while Josh was speaking to The New York Times (via People) about his new movie, Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Josh Brolin is now 50, which usually means you’re a little older and a little wiser. Apparently Josh’s recently learned wisdom is to keep his mouth shut.
“God, I’ve never been so careful with my words. Ever. Maybe in all 50 years. And there’s no reason for me to be other than there’s no explaining it. Do you know what I mean? The only person who can explain that would be Diane [Lane], and she’s chosen not to, so I’m O.K. with that.”
If Diane Lane and her wonderful Neutrogena commercial voice want to talk about his arrest, then that’s her choice. But Josh is making it seem like it’s her thing, and her thing only. Maybe Josh isn’t the type who likes to take responsibility for their actions. That’s strange, I don’t remember reading anything about Josh being the type of person who says “Stop hitting yourself” when he’s raging out.