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Preston. Pres-toooone!

Turns out the lovelorn bard of Huntington Hills High had more in common with Watermelon Guy and that dude who loves Scooby-Doo‘s Velma than you might have thought. “At the time, when we were shooting that, I was the world’s biggest stoner,” Can’t Hardly Wait star Ethan Embry told Vh1 yesterday in an interview commemorating the teen movie’s 15th (!) anniversary. “I remember the director came up to me and asked if I was ‘altered.’ But other than that, nothing sticks out because I was so stoned the entire time.”

Let me repeat — Ethan Embry was very stoned during the filming of Can’t Hardly Wait:“I was a smoker and the world’s biggest pot head and probably smelled like a walking ashtray.”

Like, too stoned to remember whether he actually did back flips in the background of one scene: “Honestly, I wouldn’t know. I was so stoned at the time. I don’t remember if it was me. It could be me. It’s something that I would do.”

Like, too stoned to recall a single quote from Can’t Hardly Wait — “Maybe that’s what those weird people are saying. I haven’t seen the movie all the way through, and I was stoned. I never read the script” — or even the movie’s basic plot: “Uh, uh, uh… It’s about a party right? Underage kids drinking and smoking and having underage sex, right?”

No wonder Denise Fleming dumped his ass in the 8th grade! This does, however, explain Preston’s crazy, darting eyes in that final train station scene:

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