It’s a smoking hot August afternoon on Prospect Lake, with bikini-clad women, bongs and beer igniting one killer party.
“Gunfire on set today!” reads a call sheet. A “huge joint,” “freezer bags of weed” and “unlimited booze” are on today’s list of fake props – telltale signs that Kid Cannabis, John Stockwell’s feature about youthful pot smugglers, is shooting.
And, yes, there will be gunshots, prompting sunbaked party animals to scatter and jump into the lake.
It’s been six years since he first adapted the true story of Nate Norman, a chubby pizza delivery boy from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, who, with pal Topher Clark, built a multimillion-dollar empire smuggling pot from B.C. while still living at home.
His stars – Kenny Wormald (Footloose) and Jonathan Daniel Brown (Project X) – aren’t complaining. ”John’s a very chill guy,” says Wormald, who plays Topher. “He gets the job done and doesn’t mess around.”
On their first day, he recalled, Stockwell instructed crew to remove the boys’ makeup.”Take that off!,’ ” laughed Wormald, mimicking him. “These dudes are from Idaho. They live in the woods. We don’t want them to look pretty. If they have a pimple, we want to see it.”
The actor and dancer, who has toured with Justin Timberlake and done music videos with Madonna, Mariah Carey and Nelly Furtado, says Topher, the opposite of Ren, his smalltown dance crusader in Footloose, gave him a welcome chance to stretch.
“I dig Topher,” Wormald said. “These guys aren’t your typical drug lords, which is the cool irony of the film.”
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