John Larroquette Says He Was Paid in Weed in Early Career
The 50-year acting career of John Larroquette has undoubtedly seen many highs and lows. Although there was that one time he did it for the money, the high was the only reason he took the job.
The new Night Court on NBC begins on January 17, and the show’s actor has confirmed to Parade that he voiced the film’s prologue for free weed from director Tobe Hooper in 1974’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
He answers, “Totally true” when asked about the rumours circulating online. “He gave me some marijuana or a matchbox or whatever you called it in those days. I walked out of the [recording] studio and patted him on the back side and said, “Good luck to you!”
A five-time Emmy winner says he has known the filmmaker since the summer of 1969. For lack of direction in life, New Orleans native Larroquette was working as a bartender at a little Colorado lodge. Hooper was in town for work, and the chance meeting led to a lasting relationship.
The following four years saw Larroquette relocate and go to Los Angeles in an effort to launch his acting career. “Tobe heard I was in town and asked for an hour of my time to narrate something for this movie he just did,” he says. “I said ‘Fine!’ It was a favor.”
He’s still yet to watch the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies, by the way. “I’m not a big horror movie fan,” he adds.