Angus Cloud probably didn’t feel euphoric after this.
The 24-year-old actor, known for his portrayal of drug dealer Fezco in Euphoria, revealed that he nearly died in 2013 after falling into a construction site and fracturing his skull.
“It’s real,” he told Variety on Wednesday of the scar that runs down the left side of his scalp.
“I broke my skull on Friday the 13th,” said Cloud, explaining that he was walking alone at night in downtown Oakland, California, when he fell into a well.
“I woke up downstairs 12 hours later. I was stuck,” he continued.
“I finally climbed out – I don’t know how long. It was very difficult to climb out, because my skull was broken, but my skin was not, so all the bleeding was internal and pressing against my brain. But they wouldn’t find me down there. I have found myself. Or God found me, whatever you want to call it.”
Cloud, who had broken his fingers in the fall, managed to pull himself out of the ten-foot-deep ditch.
“But I felt no pain,” he said. “I was in survival mode, do you feel me?”
He took the bus home to his mother’s house, but she initially thought he was on drugs.
“Because I was a kid! I was 14 or 15… my pupils were dilated. I tried to tell her what had happened, but I could only start a sentence – I couldn’t finish it. So I thought, ‘I’m just going to sleep in my bed,’ he explained, noting that his mom wouldn’t let him fall asleep.
“I would have died,” he said.
“She gave me some water and I started throwing up hella mouthfuls of crimson blood. S–t was crazy. So then my mom took me to the children’s hospital, and they saved my life. That’s where the scar came from. They cut opened my head, they put some screws and a plate over where I broke my skull and – st, sealed me again, and that was that.”
Cloud spent five days in the intensive care unit, “loaded with morphine,” followed by time in the non-intensive care unit.
“The brain is so fragile,” said the actor. “It was damn close as if nothing had happened. I am so blessed to have only minor brain damage. You know, it’s so small it’s not even worth talking about.”
The actor, whose endearing, laid-back cadence closely resembles that of his character Fezco, mumbled his way through a now-viral interview at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party in March.
Cloud attributes some of his intonation to the accident nine years ago.
“[It’s] probably a little slower,” he said of his speech. “And I mix the front of one word with the back of the next. I will scribble and scribble two words together. Mix-match.”