The ends of the book and movie versions of "A Scanner Darkly" list people author Philip K. Dick knew who suffered illnesses due to long-term drug use, and Dick himself is on the list.

Indeed, as wiki explains, Dick had a long history of amphetamine use and even shared a house with other addicts -- experience that no doubt helped him write about the cranked-up addict roommates in "A Scanner Darkly" with such realistic description and dialogue.

With that in mind, I've always wondered -- did any of the main characters in "A Scanner Darkly" resemble Philip K. Dick himself? In other words, did he write himself into his story?

(The movie had five main characters: Keanu Reeves as relatively straight-edge Bob Arctor/Fred/Bruce. Robert Downey, Jr. as fast-talking schemer James Barris. Woody Harrelson as lunky stoner Ernie Luckman. Rory Cochrane as burned-out geek Charles Freck. Winona Ryder as shady cokehead Donna Hawthorne/Audrey/Hank.)

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    I think its no, but i didn't have any proof ,so it cannot be an answer. I didn't found any hint to support in your question's favor because most of places its mention that its inspired from his real life event and even the female character of the movie is friend of Philip (But not love interest). But there is no relationship i found between movie/novel character to Philip .
    – Ankit Sharma
    Aug 9, 2012 at 6:41
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While in an interview, Dick says that "everything in A Scanner Darkly I actually saw," in the author's note for the book, in which he makes the dedication you mention, he says:

I myself, I am not a character in this novel; I am the novel.

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