The Golden Globes - aka the younger, drunker cousin of the Academy Awards - go down Jan. 10. There are some great nominees this year -
like Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa. But we thought we'd take this opportunity to look back at some of the cannabis-positive stars the Hollywood Foreign Press has honoured with its Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement.
Robert Mitchum - 1992
With his sleepy eyes and laconic demeanor, Robert Mitchum was one of the first iconic faces of film noir - and of cannabis use. In 1948, he became one of the first Hollywood stars ever busted for pot possession. During his 50-day jail sentence (and long before TMZ) Life Magazine snapped photos of Mitchum cleaning his cell. Later, he would describe prison as "Palm Springs without the riffraff."
Happily, his career wasn't adversely affected; Mitchum went on to star in classic films like
Cape Fear and The Night of the Hunter. Oh, and he released a calypso album. No big deal.
Jack Nicholson - 1999
Easy Rider. The Shining. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Batman. Jack Nicholson has one of the most enviable filmographies around. Even though his legendary "bad boy" days are behind him, Nicholson apparently still enjoys cannabis. In a 2011 interview with The Daily Mail, Nicholson had this to say:
I don't tend to say this publicly, but we can see [marijuana is] a curative thing. The narcotics industry is also enormous. It funds terrorism and – this is a huge problem in America – fuels the foreign gangs. More than 85 per cent of men incarcerated in America are on drug-related offences. It costs $40,000 a year for every prisoner. If they were really serious about the economy there would be a sensible discussion about legalisation.
Jack might get his wish, depending on the outcome of the 2016 election. In the meantime, he may want to keep wearing his trademark sunglasses.
Barbra Streisand (2000)
Your mom might be shocked, but Babs has had a smoky past. During a Q&A on the press tour for her 2012 movie The Guilt Trip, her co-star (and weed enthusiast) Seth Rogen asked her to tell the audience "the greatest story ever." Apparently Streisand smoked up with Peter Sellers, and the two went on a bizarre munchie run:
The funny thing, we went to a restaurant. And we started to riff on, like should we have steak (flavored) ice cream…it was funny at the time. It's not funny now since you're not high.
She, uh, has a point. But hey, who are we to rain on her parade?
Harrison Ford (2002)
The nerd icon and beloved grouch has only spoken publicly about cannabis once, when Movieline asked him if pot should be legalized. His response? "Probably."
Yet rumours persist that Ford is one of Hollywood's pre-eminent potheads. For example, while delivering the 2002 keynote at a NORML convention,
comedian/pundit Bill Maher dropped this tidbit:
There are a lot of prominent people, I'm not going to mention any names - Harrison Ford, Ted Turner - who smoke a lot of pot and need to stand up!
More recently, comedian Greg Proops told an amazing anecdote during an interview on the brilliant movie podcast I Was There Too. While working on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Proops had a valet who used to drive Ford around during the filming of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. As the valet tells it, Ford smoked up on his way to and from set - and when he ran out of papers, he decided to improvise. The story is too good to spoil; fast-forward to 18:10 on the SoundCloud player to hear it.
Harrison, if you're reading this, let's clear the air. By making it much more smoky.
Morgan Freeman (2012)
You know him, you love him, you're probably reading this in his voice right now. Morgan Freeman talked at length about his cannabis use in an interview with The Daily Beast. The money quote?
How do I take it? However it comes! I'll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it!
There you have it. Who are we to dispute the word of God?