Most people love movies and for us, the recreational and medical marijuana users, we absolutely love them. There are so many genres, so many storylines, so many effects and beautiful music – throw in amazing cinematography, comfy chairs and a huge bucket of popcorn and the weed user is in heaven! With so many cinematic masteries hitting all the right spots for the weed user, it’s no surprise that many of the movie makers themselves are canna-lovers.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular and well-known directors who smoke weed! Most of these really aren’t surprising but it’s still nice to know that film makers are embracing the herb and letting it enhance their movie-making skills. After all, we’re the ones who get to enjoy the labors of their loves.
Never subtle, always on the edge of controversy, Oliver Stone is one of the living legends when it comes to directing. The majority of his films – and the ones we surely know the best – are historical pieces that tend to shed light on uncomfortable truths. Whether it’s postulating the conspiracy and plan to assassinate President John F. Kennedy or laying bare the horrors of Vietnam (“Platoon“) or telling the whole Edward Snowden story (albeit from Stone’s point of view …) Oliver Stone’s movies will always stick with you and make you think. Plus they are masterpieces in movie making from all perspectives and are always favorites during award season.
Not only does Olive Stone smoke weed, he’s also a vocal advocate for the legalization of the weed. Fun fact: for one scene in “Platoon” the actors actually did smoke weed! We’re not sure if it was requested by Stone, but it certainly wasn’t discouraged! Fun fact #2: Olive Stone was one of the writers for “Conan the Barbarian” (yeah, that one!).
Back-in-the day when Green Day, R.E.M. and Boyz II Men were the soundtrack to our lives, there was a little film called “Clerks“. Written by and starring – in a small, but pivotal role – Kevin Smith as Silent Bob. The movie was filmed in black and white and centered around the clerks at the store (hence the name) with Silent Bob and his friend Jay selling weed outside and Jay offering his latest marijuana-fueled philosophies on anyone who would pass by. The little film made a huge impact on filmgoers and became an instant cult classic.
Kevin Smith went on to make more films, some with the characters of Silent Bob and Jay. It’s not surprising that being a movie character that sells weed that Kevin Smith is a big-time weed partaker. His stoner perspective definitely added a whole new level of authenticity to his films.
Nowadays he frequently makes appearances on late night talk shows and cameos in movies. He’s also expanded his resume to include comic book writer, podcaster and philanthropist.
Another person on the ‘not surprising’ list is Seth Rogen. While we all know Seth from his acting roles in movies like Knocked Up”, “Forty-Year Old Virgin” and “Pineapple Express”, some might not know now much of a movie director Seth Rogan is. We’re used to actors trying their chops at directing here and there (like Bill Murray and Drew Barrymore who you’ll read about further in this post) but Seth’s actually done quite a few, plus throw in the number of times he’s been a producer on movies with the same team, it’s almost the same.
Obvious or not, Seth Rogan and his team are heroes to people who smoke and also to those who don’t! And what’s great is that not only is Seth a recreational smoker, but smoking has also helped him with his general health. He’s even started his own marijuana company, Houseplant, that’s been in operation for several years already in Canada.
Last news was that this celebrity weed entrepreneur will be bringing the Houseplant brand to California dispensaries soon. We don’t know yet, but it’s almost certain that it’s just a matter of time before it’s available in Colorado too.
Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll … those where the 60s. Those were also the days that Dennis Hopper was making his mark on the movie and TV scene in Hollywood. We all know that just about everyone in those days was doing drugs – especially smoking copious amounts of marijuana – and Dennis was no stranger to recreational pharmaceuticals. Their stories are of legendary proportions! So it’s no surprise that Mr. Hopper made our list.
It’s rumored that while filming “Easy Rider” – in which he starred and directed – that he was stoned most of the time. It’s not hard to believe this rumor since the movie itself is considered by many as the best stoner movie of all time. And who wouldn’t want to hit the open road on one of those bikes?! (Sorry, bikers, I so don’t know the lingo!)
Unfortunately alcohol and cocaine took over Dennis Hopper in the 1970s and it wasn’t until Francis Ford Coppola cast him as a talkative reporter in “Apocalypse Now” in that he began to come back to starring in movies.
OK, so she’s only directed one movie, but still we have to give a huge shout out to one of the only stoner actresses who also directs movies. We know and love Ms. Barrymore from her movies starting from “E.T.” in the early 80s to “Charlie’s Angels”, “Fever Pitch” (go Red Sox!) and “The Wedding Singer” with Adam Sandler.
But it wasn’t until 2009 that she gave directing a shot with the roller derby movie, “Whip It”. The movie has fallen a bit under the radar but with a Rotten Tomato score of 84% it seems like a movie worth checking out.
Happy viewing and smoking!