28 Jan 2010 - Peter Fonda used to get really, really, really mad when someone asked him if he smoked real cannabis during his scenes in the 1969 counterculture classic "Easy Rider."
"I used to really get P.O.-ed," Fonda said from his California home. "That was the question I used to get really mad at. Does it matter if that was vodka or water in the glass? I'd get angry!
"Until one fellow, who was a professor in communications, and he said, 'Peter, the reason they're asking you this, as far as I can tell, is that if that was real marijuana you were smoking, then all emotion invested in that movie was real, and they need to know that.'
1969-2009 - Peter Fonda has recently revealed that real marijuana was smoked during the filming of the 1969 cult classic 'Easy Rider'.
Knowing this, will the scene, with Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson, in which George Hanson (Nicholson) tries marijuana, ever look the same?
3 July 2009 - Forty years later, Peter Fonda cracks up explaining why a grinning, glassy-eyed, conspiracy theorizing Jack Nicholson did an awesome job of acting high on pot in an infamous “Easy Rider” campfire scene. Simply put, that was no acting. And co-stars Fonda and Dennis Hopper also smoked real grass on-screen during their rambling campfire chats.
Nicholson, who earned his first Oscar nomination for the 1969 cult classic, plays a boozing ACLU lawyer who in the campfire scene is being introduced to marijuana by bikers Billy (Hopper) and Wyatt (Fonda). Things may have gotten convoluted because Hopper, who was also the film's director, decided to shoot his and Fonda's parts first while Nicholson sat nearby, off-camera.