Marijuana, Weed, Pot, Ganja, Mary Jane, the Chronic, the Sticky Icky; no matter what you call it or what you think of it, there’s no denying that Cannabis has contributed to some of the best comic relief in the history of cinema. Whether a film tosses a stoner in for a few yucks on the side or revolves around them entirely, having at least one character in your film with a fondness puffing the magic dragon is a surefire way to boost your movie’s LPM ratio (Laughs per minute).
On this, the day of April 20th (aka Stoner Christmas), I thought it would be appropriate to get into the holiday spirit in the most innocent way possible; by watching other people take part on screen. In the mean time though, I thought it might be interesting to hear from you regarding the following question:
Who is/are your favorite Stoner character(s) of all time?
My choice is a two-way tie between two very different characters from two VERY different movies.
The first is Marty (Fran Kranz) from Joss Whedon’s Horror Comedy masterpiece Cabin in the Woods. This might be a bit too much of a recent choice for a lot of people, but I stand by it. Marty goes beyond usual wise-cracking stoner tropes and blossoms into the ultimate pot-smoking badass. Because of my firm belief that everyone should see this movie and see it unspoiled, I’ll spare you some of the more specific reasons why I love Marty so much, but they are numerous. To be fair though, the idea of using a collapsible travel mug bong as a weapon to fight the nefarious walking dead renders any other reason for loving him moot.
The second is The Dude (Jeff Bridges) from The Big Lebowski. The Dude’s laid back, zen-master attitude remains one of the most compelling arguments for the legalization of the drug that I can think of. I mean, compare the number of movies about people’s lives spiraling out of control from alcohol addiction with the number of movies about people’s lives spiraling out of control because of pot addiction and the results speak for themselves. In any case, The Dude stands out as one of my favorite Stoners of all time for reasons that are too numerous and self-explanatory to list out here. The Dude abides, nuff said.
Now I’d like to hear from you. Are you also a Dude fan, or do you skew more towards Cheech and Chong, Jay and Silent Bob, or any of the countless other iconic pot-heads of the past several decades? Sound off in the comments below!