Did Aaron Sorkin return to TV because he failed a drug test and wasn't allowed to complete a movie project?
Sorkin tends to write about things that happen to him. We've already discussed how he created a West Wing character in the likeness of his high-priced call girl. And Studio 60's Matt Albie-Harriet Hays relationship is based on Sorkin's romance with Kristen Chenoweth (Annabeth Schott on West Wing).
Sorkin left West Wing after four seasons. He was arrested in April 2001 at the Burbank Airport for carrying crack cocaine (along with mushrooms and marijuana) in his carry-on bag.
Recently, Sorkin wrote the screenplay for a film — The Farnsworth Invention — that is now on hold.
Sorkin returned to TV and created a character named Danny Tripp (clever surname, eh?), who left his TV show after four seasons, began a film career, and then tested positive for blow. Due to the cocaine problem, Tripp can't continue his film career and must return to TV. Is that part taken from real life too?