A “2001″ Acid Freakout
An audience member's attempt to chemically enhance a screening of Kubrick's sci-fi standard goes wrong.
At a screening of “2001: A Space Odyssey” at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater on Friday, a man named Robert apparently attempted to chemically enhance his viewing of Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic, ’60s style. Hilarity ensued. As Todd McCarthy reports at indieWIRE:
Toward the end of the film, when Keir Dullea’s Dr. Dave Bowman finds himself in an ornate bedroom after the trippy Stargate sequence, a voice started booming from the near-front center part of the nearly full house. The words were disjointed and mostly incoherent but included phrases like “It’s time to sleep!” and “Stanely Kubrick!,” “Wait!,” “It’s time!” and so on. With the film continuing to unspool, there was enough light to see that the ranter was a big burly guy who had now stood up, was waving his arms abruptly and lurching about unpredictably.
Things only got more chaotic from there, until the man had to be physically hauled out of the theater, with the audience applauding wildly. And of course, it was all captured on video:
It just goes to show… well, actually, I don’t really know what it goes to show. Know your psychedelics? And until you do, perhaps it’s better to stick with things like IMAX or 3D if you need added stimulation beyond what a movie can provide — it’ll lessen the chances of you ending a screening taking a swing at a fellow audience member.Tags: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick
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