That Time Samuel L. Jackson Dropped Acid Before Going Onstage

If you want to make it in acting, you have to go to work inebriated. That's the terrible advice that a young Samuel L. Jackson got from his college instructors when he was an up-and-coming thespian. And the advice got him in trouble one night when he dropped acid before going onstage.

"I had teachers who told me things like, 'If you want to be great, you have to learn how to be drunk and high and still do the play cuz that's how all the great ones do," Jackson told Jimmy Kimmel earlier this month. "So we tried it," Jackson added. "Drank a little wine, smoked a little weed, then you go on stage. And when you get through that, you kinda get confident."

But that newfound confidence quickly spiralled into cockiness when Jackson took things a step too far. "Alright, let's drop some acid," Jackson thought one night before the show. But when the LSD kicked in, he immediately regretted the idea. "Oh, there's gonna be a problem tonight," he remembered thinking when he started hallucinating in the wings.

"But you fight through it, you get out there," he told Kimmel. To find out how he fought through it, check out the full interview, where Jackson discussed his side project as an acting teacher. Hopefully he doesn't give students the same bad advice he got: 

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