If you’re dreading your own family reunion this holiday season, consider what Tim Roth grew up dealing with.
In an interview with U.K. newspaper The Guardian published Sunday, the “Reservoir Dogs” actor revealed that he was abused by his grandfather — who also abused Roth’s father.
While discussing politics, Roth told The Guardian that his dad, Ernie Smith, quit Britain’s Communist party in the 1970s, partially due to the sex scandals that had rocked the party.
“He was an abused kid, my dad, and it was a terrible childhood that he had, and he took that s— seriously,” Roth said.
The actor, who in the past has touched on his own abuse, continued, “He was abused. And I was abused. But I was not abused by him. I was abused by his abuser.”
“It was his father,” Roth continued. “He was a f—ing rapist. But nobody had the language. Nobody knew what to do.”
Roth went on to note that he made his 1999 directorial debut “The War Zone” — about a father who abuses his daughter — because of what he had suffered.
During the interview, Roth characterized his father as “a damaged soul.”
“I loved him. He was funnier than f—,” Roth recalled.