Method Man has reflected back on the one time he stopped smoking weed while filming his 2001 stoner comedy How High with Redman.
The film – in which the two rappers star as chronic cannabis users who are visited by the ghost of a dead friend after smoking his ashes – will celebrate its 21st anniversary on December 21, and Method Man told the Kitchen Talk podcast that after smoking real weed for the first half of filming, the duo was forced to stop because of how high they’d be by lunchtime.
“At first yeah,” Meth said when asked by Maino at the hour mark if he smoked real weed throughout the film. “Hell yeah! And they was like, ‘you guys are so spot on in the morning but after lunch you come back something’s different.'”
He continued, “The producer Stacey Sher I remember she pulled me to the side and she was like, ‘You know after this I’m gonna still be a producer, my face isn’t on the screen, but I’ll get my credit. That’s your face on the screen. How do you wanna be seen?’ You right, you right.”
Method Man went on to say that was the only time he stopped smoking weed, and that he continued to light up even when he contracted COVID-19.
The Wu-Tang Clan rhymer has maintained a sprawling and successful career in film for years now, and in a separate interview with Sherri Shepherd back in November said a lot of rappers can seamlessly transition into acting because they’re such good liars.
“I think a lot of rappers are great liars,” he quipped. “I’ll just keep it a buck, a lot of them are great liars and I think that translates on screen. Honestly, it’s more of being able to stand in front of 15,000 people or 1,500 people and command their attention.
“Even like when people do plays. We know that the scenery isn’t moving and we know that they’re not on an actual moving train, but we’re so intrigued by the actors and the process that’s going on in front of us that we allow ourselves to fall deeper into our imaginations.”
Meth has carved out a recurring role as a mainstay in 50 Cent’s Power world as attorney David Maclean, and has starred in other blockbusters such as Soul Plane, Scary Movie 3, and others.
Joey Bada$$ echoed these sentiments in an interview with HipHopDX, and said that acting comes pretty instinctively to him.
“Acting, in general, comes pretty instinctively to me, and I find it very similar to music, just in a way where you kind of go somewhere else,” Joey said. “Like on that stage, I gotta go into superstar mode. I’m still here but it’s like a superstar hangover, but when I’m home, it’s a different vibe where I’m chill.”
Joyner Lucas looks to be the next rapper to transition into acting as Mark Wahlberg tapped Lucas for his first film role, which will begin filming next year.