you could carry that off.
H: It was an experiment.
B: Yeah. But to carry out a two-hour play where you're gonna be drunk in one
scene, and you're drunk for the whole play... how would you do it, you know? You
need your strength on the stage. You need your sense. You've gotta be responsible
to the play and to the other actors. You know. Who knows what the hell you're
gonna do? I would be terrified to do that. But on film, I can see taking a drink,
and, you know... or... you know, something...
B: I don't know about that.
H: I know. I'm just kidding.
B: I did a film where I had to take LSD, but I didn't take it for that.
I used something else. The fun is to create things. Give the illusion of it, you
know? I had to play, on Cagney And Lacey, a drug addict, and uh... I would
take coffee before the shot, you know? I would take coffee, and then, I had a
brandy bottle around. I would sniff the brandy bottle, because a brandy bottle...
I remembered that when I drank brandy it could make me quite hyper. So between
the two, I would just use that sometimes. But I would also mix that with other
stuff. Other sensory things. But I certainly wouldn't try drugs on film.
H: No, I was... something had popped into my mind... when I first started
with Strasberg in '75 there was talk that Jack Nicholson had done LSD when he
made this movie, uh...
B: The Trip.
H: Yeah, The Trip.
B: Well, he might of. In those days. You know? They certainly might have.
But that's not what made him a good actor. He's a talented actor anyway.
H: It was just a rumor anyway.
B: Well, some people might have experimented with that. It was the late sixties
and the seventies. And people were experimenting. But the stage is quite different,
H: Oh, yeah.
B: Did you see the James Dean thing?
H: No, I didn't.
played Nick Ray, and he's very hyper, and this and that, and I worked on a sensory
thing for that.
He had some problems with that. I worked on that at the Actors Studio in a sensory
class. With Susan Peretz. I'd go in there and work on it. Then when I got to do
it, I dropped it. Just let the work be there. Because whatever you work on is
going to be there anyway. My problem, and a lot of people's problem is to hold
on to the work.
you gotta trust it. You gotta trust that it's in the work. It's in the
work. And then just do the scene.
then you would work on certain sensory elements that would recreate 'where you
would be' if you were doing a certain drug?
did that a little bit, but mostly I worked on a substitute for drugs, because
I don't take drugs. I used [sensorially creating] electric current in my hands
I used talking to a person who makes me hyper [substitution].
you create a person, as in an 'imaginary monologue'?
A friend of mine. We would be at a party, and I would be talking as if I were
at a party with him. I felt free and open. And crazy, you know? That's when people
say, 'Hey, Barry, what are you on drugs, or what?', you know? There are certain
topics that I talk about that make me hyper. And that was it.