Los Angeles, California (CNN) — Actor Tracy Morgan’s riding high, but the actor-comedian said that — thanks to his teenage son — he’s not driving high.
Morgan, arrested twice for drunken driving four years ago, said he sobered up after his son confronted him.
“My son said, ‘What if I start driving drunk and kill somebody?’ That right there just made me look into the mirror, like, I got to step up my game,” Morgan said Tuesday on PBS’ “Tavis Smiley.”
Morgan, whose role on NBC’s “30 Rock” earned him an Emmy nomination last year, stars with Bruce Willis in “Cop Out.” The action-comedy film hits theaters this month.
It was the “worst drug known to mankind” — fame — that led Morgan down a path of “partying and hanging out” that only ended two years ago, he said.
“I started to even hurt people that I love,” he said. “I was changing and I’m glad that I caught it in time.” Morgan told CNN last October that it had been a year and a half since he had a drink.
“All the drinking and the craziness, I had fun,” he told Smiley. “Nobody got hurt, but I hurt me.”
The drunkenness brought an end to his marriage of 21 years, he said.