Everyone’s favorite stoners, Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong, don’t smoke anymore, but if they did, they say they’d share.
Chong has just one (hypothetical) rule: “If you take my stash, make sure you replace it.”
“I’m very liberal,” he explained. “I tell my kids, if you’re going to do drugs, replace them.”
Still, the iconic druggie duo’s days of toking up went up in smoke years ago – officially speaking, at least.
The pair have been cracking stoner jokes for 40 years now, though their act has hardly been consistent thanks to their on-again/off-again relationship.
While many couples avoid labels in unstable relationships, Cheech and Chong seem to have worked out the differences that kept them apart for nearly two decades and are eager to make things official: They’re back together, have never been happier, and have a revised drug policy,too.
Though they’ve endured some mighty contentious times – they hardly spoke for nearly 20 years after experiencing a falling-out in the mid-1980s and only officially reunited last year – Cheech and Chong seem to have picked up right where they left off.
The first couple of drug culture comedy was honored in Las Vegas in November during a roast that was part of the annual Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace.
Though time has mellowed 62-year-old Cheech and 70-year-old Chong, the older and wiser duo say their act is “smoother, longer and funnier.
In addition to their current North American tour, the two have several other projects on the go, both together and individually. They have announced another movie, have an animated film in the works and
recently taped a live DVD.
Cheech – who has had a successful solo career doing voiceover work for Disney and appearing on the small screen first with Nash Bridges and more recently on Lost– credits “poverty and the will of God” as the incentives that
persuaded him and Chong to return to their roots and familiar roles.
According to Chong, the forthcoming Cheech and Chong movie will involve a new take on an old classic: “Its working title is Grumpy Old Stoners,” Chong said, explaining, “It’s Up In Smoke 30 years later.”
He says the flick, which will start filming in the fall and is slotted for a summer 2010 release, will be a combination of old characters in new situations.