Cheech Marin Says Hey Watch This
By Fred Topel | Image property of TWC
It has been 25 years since marijuana connoisseurs had original Cheech & Chong material to enjoy. They’ve had to settle for successors like Harold and Kumar. Now Cheech and Chong hit the road again and things have changed.
Cheech Marin on Hey Watch This
“80% of the audience that comes to see us now is between 30 and 40, which means a lot of them were not alive the last time we were on stage together,” Cheech Marin said. “Our audience has grown much bigger in our absence because of the viewing of the movies, and then they go way back to the records. It’s a social phenomenon, like a social network. Cheech & Chong is a right of passage. When you get to be 13, 14 or 15, you discovered Cheech & Chong movies, pizza and dope around the same time. Hey cool, weekend, nothing to do, okay. Cheech and Chong marathons.”
Both Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong had successful solo careers, but there is something about the team. “That's what I missed, when we were apart. I couldn’t access this part of my past. We had half of a treasure map apiece, and we could only access the treasure when you put both halves of the map together. Like oh, yeah, we could do Cheech and Chong again. You miss it. We were happy doing other stuff, but you miss that part. What about the kids I never see? They’re still my kids and I love them and everything. I still send the checks, how come I don’t get to see them an play with them. It's nice. The whole time we were apart, I never denounced Cheech & Chong. I love that part of my life. I loved the next part, going on, but I love that part too. I'm glad we're back doing it now. It’s fun doing it now.”
Hey Watch This
For their reunion, Cheech & Chong actually went old school, back to touring stage shows. The result of that tour is the upcoming film Cheech & Chong’s Hey Watch This. “There's a part of me that really missed the road, but I only miss it for a little while and then I get tired. I missed being able to go from city to city and find out what’s going on in the country because you’re there. That's the great thing about travel. You don't have to take anybody's word for it anymore. I know what Duluth is like. I know what Rochester’s like, New York. It was exciting. You get to go to different places and see what’s happening. That's a lot of fun.”
The film hits theaters, DVD, Blu Ray and VOD on the same day. What better day to premiere new Cheech & Chong than April 20, 4/20 day. “The stoner lifestyle has affected every segment of society. We look across the floodlights at people coming to see us now and it’s everybody. Sometimes there were more McCain fans than Obama fans, during the election. We were like, ‘What are you guys doing here?’ The weed just goes into every segment, whether you’re a neurosurgeon or you’re the head of the philosophy department at a master university or some 14-year-old snowboarder. It’s everywhere. That’s the common thread.”
Hey Watch this opens to theaters on April 20th.
For the trailers and more movie info, go to the Hey Watch This Movie Page.
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