Barbra Streisand is the kind of person Seth Rogen would love to get high with - alas, if only he'd known her in the 1970s.
Streisand, who turns 75 today, spoke openly about her marijuana use back then, mostly notably in an interview with the Rolling Stone in 1971. In a revealing chat with writer Grover Lewis at her L.A. home in Holmby Hills, Streisand admitted that she didn't like performing in public. "I don't...like to be watched," she said. Then she went to describe how she coped with those feelings onstage in places like Las Vegas.
"Anyway, since I get nervous in places like Vegas, it occurred to me to do this funny little routine - actually telling the audience about my hangup," she told Lewis. "The point was, you shouldn't rely on emotional crutches. It was almost a sermon - no crutches, people; crutches are a no-no. Then at the end, I'd take out a joint and light it. First, just faking it. Then I started lighting live joints, passing them around to the band - you know.
"It was great - it relieved all my tensions. And I ended up with the greatest supply of grass ever. Other acts up and down the Strip heard about what I was doing - Little Anthony and the Imperials, people like that - and started sending me the best dope in the world. I never ran out. Hmm ... I wonder if I should tell that story."
She would go on to tell other stories like this, like the time in the early 70's she smoked up with Peter Sellers, and then went out to eat together.
"The funny thing, we went to a restaurant. And we started to riff on, like should we have steak (flavored) ice cream," said Streisand. "It was funny at the time. It's not funny now since you're not high."
Streisand told this story in 2012 during a promotional event for The Guilt Trip, which she starred in alongside Seth Rogen.
A couple of weeks later, Rogen told David Letterman Streisand had turned him down. He tries to console himself for the lost opportunity, rationalizing his rejection in the following way.
“She wouldn’t smoke weed with me,” Rogen admitted. “I tried, but she wouldn’t do it. I don’t think she would’ve functioned well on it, honestly. She’s kind of an over-functioner as it is.”
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