Steve Buscemi reveals he suffered from PTSD after volunteering at Ground Zero

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Steve Buscemi arrives to the 2019 WarnerMedia Upfront, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Sipa USA)
Steve Buscemi volunteered after 9/11. (Sipa USA)

Steve Buscemi has revealed he suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after volunteering following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Reservoir Dogs and Boardwalk Empire star, 63, had worked as a firefighter many years before the attacks in 2001. 

After the Twin Towers came down he headed to Ground Zero to help with the search and recovery effort.

Speaking on the WTF podcast, he said he later found he "was depressed" and "anxious".

Buscemi explained that the day after the attacks he called his old New York fire house several times but could not get hold of anyone, so he went down to the site and found his former company, Engine 55, working there.

He said: "I asked if I could join them. I could tell they were a little suspicious at first, you know, 'What are you doing here?' But I worked with them that day."

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Actor Steve Buscemi applauds at a protest staged by firefighters in New
York, October 11, 2002. The New York Firefighter Rally, organized by
the Uniformed Firefighters Association, was held to protest current
wages. The union rejected a proposal on October 10 to increase pay by
11.5 percent over 30 months. The president of the 9,000-member union
said the members have been working without a contract for 29 months and
deserve a larger raise. Buscemi is a former fireman. REUTERS/Shannon

The actor used to be a firefighter. (Reuters)

Buscemi helped with the effort for a few more days and revealed that it had a big impact.

"I haven’t experienced any health issues, and I get myself checked out, but definitely, yeah, post-traumatic stress? Absolutely," he said.

The Fargo star went on: "I was only there for like five days, but when I stopped going and tried to just live my life again, it was really, really hard.

Jan 19, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Steve Buscemi introduces a “Shows that are ending” segment during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY /Sipa USA
The star suffered from PTSD after 9/11. (Sipa USA)

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"I was depressed, I was anxious, I couldn’t make a simple decision. All those things. 

"It’s still with me. 

"There are times when I talk about 9/11 and I’m just right back there. I start to get choked up and I realise, ‘Ah, this is still a big part of me’."

The star said he was "so grateful" that he had access to the site and the opportunity to help.

Buscemi is an executive producer of Dust: The Lingering Legacy Of 9/11, a documentary about health issues among those who were at Ground Zero.

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