The movie so toxic it killed John Wayne

Towards the end of his life, Howard Hughes – the billionaire tycoon, aviator and filmmaker – had become a recluse.

Locked in the penthouse suite at his Xanadu Princess Resort hotel in the Bahamas, he refused to bathe, cut his nails or hair, use a toilet or even open the curtains. Instead, he would sit for hours in his darkened bedroom, naked except for a pink hotel napkin, eating nothing but chocolate bars and chicken, surrounded by dozens of Kleenex boxes that he continuously stacked and re-arranged.

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