“Deadwood” Creator Diagonsed With Alzheimer’s

Deadwood Creator Diagnosed With Alzheimers

Just a month ahead of the release of the “Deadwood” movie, series creator David Milch has revealed in a touching interview with Vulture that he’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Milch said he started to notice signs of the disease several years ago, but didn’t immediately go in for the diagnosis. A short temper, the inability to recall things, difficulty writing soon followed and ultimately he went in for a proper brain scan which yielded the diagnosis.

Members of the cast and crew of “Deadwood: The Movie” were made aware during the production of the film and his wife Rita Milch says the hope is that his job, which demands him to use his brain muscles, may help slow it down: “I compare it to a musician who can still play and has access to the memory of how to do that and is still able to exercise his talent. The brain is David’s most exercised muscle.”

Milch himself says: As best I understand it, which is minimally, I have a deterioration in the organization of my brain and it’s progressive. And in some ways discouraging. In more than some ways — in every way I can think of.”

“Deadwood: The Movie” is set to premiere May 31st on HBO.