Ben Affleck on 'bad experience' smoking weed: 'I had a dissociative panic attack'

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  • Ben Affleck says after having a dissociative panic attack at 15, he'd "fake" having a good time on the set of Dazed and Confused.
  • In a new book the actor reveals his cast mates would often party between takes.
  • "I was a little nervous, like, 'Should we be drinking before we're working tomorrow?'," he said. "Some people were actually drinking and stoned at work."
  • The 1993 film starred Ben Affleck, as well as Milla Jovovich, Anthony Rapp, Parker Posey, Matthew McConaughey and Jason London.


In Melissa Maerz new book Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused, Ben Affleck has opened up about one seriously "bad experience" he had smoking weed.

The book uncovers behind-the-scenes stories from the cast and crew of the 1993 high school comedy, according to People, starring Milla Jovovich, Anthony Rapp, Parker Posey, Matthew McConaughey and Jason London.

The actor reveals in the book that the cast would often party between takes but after a bad experience he would "fake it".

"I had a bad experience with marijuana at 15 — I had a dissociative panic attack," he said, according to Vanity Fair.

Referring to former president Bill Clinton's comments that he tried marijuana didn't like it – "I didn't inhale it, and never tried it again," he famously said in 1992 – the actor said: "So I only smoked weed if everyone else was smoking, and I had to sort of Bill-Clinton it and fake it. I didn't really like marijuana."

The 48-year-old has struggled with alcoholism in the past, but in a revealing interview at the start of the year, in which he also addressed his split from Jennifer Garner as "the biggest regret of my life", he spoke candidly about his battle with sobriety.

Now, he says in Melissa Maerz' new book, reflecting on his Dazed and Confused days: "I wasn't a very heavy drinker then. I became an alcoholic much, much later and I'm in recovery now, so that was a whole different time.

"I was a little nervous, like, 'Should we be drinking before we're working tomorrow?' Some people were actually drinking and stoned at work."  

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