John Larroquette Confirms He Was Paid in Weed To Narrate ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’
John Larroquette has put rumors to rest – yes, he was paid in weed to narrate The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
The internet has long speculated on these claims, given the 1974 hit horror movie’s tight budget. In an interview with Parade, Larroquette spilled all the details about the unconventional way director Tobe Hooper paid him for narrating the movie’s opening sequence.
When asked about the rumors, the actor said, “Totally true. He gave me some marijuana or a matchbox or whatever you called it in those days.”
Larroquette continued, “I walked out of the [recording] studio and patted him on the back side and said, “Good luck to you!”
During the interview, he also recalled that he first meet Hooper while working as a bartender in Colorado. The two become friends and reconnected four years later when Larroquette moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
“Tobe heard I was in town and asked for an hour of my time to narrate something for this movie he just did,” Larroquette told the outlet. “I said ‘Fine!’ It was a favor.”
Luckily for Larroquette, the horror flick grew into a massive hit and saw the release of nine subsequent movies. The actor ended up earning a real paycheck down the line as he continued to lend his voice to four sequels.
He said, “You do something for free in the 1970s and get a little money in the ’90s. It’s certainly the one credit that’s stuck strongly to my resume.”
The actor went on to grow in popularity on television, landing a main role in the 1970s military drama Baa Baa Black Sheep and later, Night Court, which aired on NBC from 1984 to 1992.
He is currently reprising his four-time Emmy Award-winning role of attorney Dan Fielding in a revival of Night Court. Decider’s Joel Keller paid special attention to Larroquette’s performance in the new series, writing, “People forget that Larroquette won multiple Emmys for playing Dan, and just a few moments from the pilot shows why: Even though Dan could be just a cartoonish crank, especially in his senior years, there are moments where the heart that we know Dan has shines through.”
Night Court airs on NBC on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET, with new episodes streaming next-day on Peacock.
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