15 Years Later, Ethan Embry Still Not Sure What Can’t Hardly Wait Is About


Ethan Embry Can't Hardly Wait

What was the vibe like on set?

Making a movie is like being a part of the circus. It really is. Not the nice circus, not Cirque du Soleil. We live in trailers. We’re transients, you know? And then when you get a lot of very funny, witty people together and you stick them in a trailer park for months. Yeah, it’s a lot of fun.

I remember at the time I was playing in a metal band, and I brought my guitar stack into my trailer to rehearse. So I was always blasting speed metal out of my trailer. It’s a party. The whole thing was a party.

What was the craziest thing to happen on set?

At the time, when we were shooting that, I was the world’s biggest stoner. I remember the director came up to me and asked if I was “altered.” But other than that, nothing sticks out because I was so stoned the entire time.

The other thing that does stick out was right before we did the train sequence. Jennifer and I had known each other in passing also. Child actor thing. One of the sweetest girls you’ll ever meet, that girl. And before we did the train scene, I remember going into my trailer there was this basket — ’cause I was a smoker and the world’s biggest pot head and probably smelled like a walking ashtray — and there was a basket of breath mints, you know? Like real pretty. Like almost you give somebody flowers or a fruit basket but she gave me 50 breath mints. And it’s all different types. It was all very sweet. And that always makes me laugh thinking of that. Aww, Jennifer wanted me to smell good.

You supposedly do back flips in the background of one scene. How did that come about?

I don’t know! People say that. I heard that before too. Honestly, I wouldn’t know. I was so stoned the time. I don’t remember if it was me. It could be me. It’s something that I would do.

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