John Larroquette’s first acting gig was to provide the opening narration for Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The actor did so as a favour, but a popular internet rumour has long claimed he also received a little weed for his troubles. While speaking with Parade, John Larroquette confirmed the weed rumour as “Totally true.“
“He gave me some marijuana or a matchbox or whatever you called it in those days,” John Larroquette said. “I walked out of the [recording] studio and patted him on the back side and said, ‘Good luck to you!’” The actor said that he first met Tobe Hooper in the summer of 1969 while he was working as a bartender at a small Colorado resort. The pair struck up a friendship, and when Larroquette moved to Los Angeles to start his acting career, Hooper approached him about helping him out on his new movie. “Tobe heard I was in town and asked for an hour of my time to narrate something for this movie he just did,” Larroquette said. “I said ‘Fine!’ It was a favor.” Larroquette returned to provide narration for several of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre movies, including the recent Netflix sequel, but he revealed that he’s never actually seen any of them. “I’m not a big horror movie fan,” he said.
While John Larroquette’s voice will forever be attached to one of the most iconic horror movies ever made, all for the price of a little weed, the actor is also famous for playing Dan Fielding on Night Court. He’s returning to reprise the role for the soon-to-be-released Night Court revival, which will debut on NBC on January 17th. The new Night Court series will revolve around “unapologetic optimist judge Abby Stone (Rauch), the daughter of the late Harry Stone, who follows in her father’s footsteps as she presides over the night shift of a Manhattan arraignment court and tries to bring order to its crew of oddballs and cynics, most notably former night court prosecutor Dan Fielding (Larroquette).”
Our own Alex Maidy has already reviewed the series and was pleasantly surprised. “Night Court is a broad, multi-camera sitcom that mugs for the camera, makes silly jokes, and manages to feel like an homage to all the funny shows we watched in the 1980s and 1990s,” Maidy wrote. “Unlike some recent reboots like Murphy Brown and Will & Grace, Night Court works because it blends the classic elements of the series that inspired it by bringing back legacy characters but also adding in a new main cast who echo the original series without being carbon copies. Fans of Night Court should enjoy this new series quite a bit, but I hesitate to think many new viewers will be as enamored by the old-school style and jokes of this throwback.” You can check out the rest of Maidy’s review right here.