The modern trend for hitting Rock Bottom and using that event to turn one's life around is taking its toll on soap opera tough guy actor, R Bottom.
Recently, celebrities, footballers and even politicians have all reported a massive change in fortune, shortly after they'd 'hit Rock Bottom'. Some hit Rock Bottom in a big way. Some confessed to taking a good hard look at themselves in the mirror, the minute after they'd hit Rock Bottom. Other reported that they'd hit Rock Bottom after a being urged to by hangers on and party animals. The only thing they all had in common was that Rock Bottom seemed to act as a springboard for some kind of resurgence in fortunes.
Hitting Rock Bottom was voted by Heat readers as the top Thing You Must Do Before You Die for ten years running.
Pretty soon, the general public wanted to get in on the act. The idea that you had to hit Rock Bottom, before turning your life around, became accepted wisdom, despite any lack of evidence to support it. Rock Bottom became Britain's top Must Hit destination.
Complete strangers would approach Mr Bottom, as he nibbled a lettuce in his favourite vegetarian restaurant and punch him. With some, a simple left jab, flicked out and with no real weight behind it, would suffice. Others would engulf Rock in a flurry of blows, few of which connected, the biggest hazard being a stray thumb catching him in the eye. But every now and again, somebody would launch into Mr Bottom like Mike Tyson at a punchbag. "It was getting quite distressing after a while," said Mr Bottom. "To cope, I started drinking. Just a few lagers at first. Then maybe a chaser. Then pretty soon I was drinking vodka for breakfast. That's when it hit me. I'd found myself - I'd reached Rock Bottom."