In an interview at the Sundance Film Festival, Michael Cera described how the cast of "Crystal Fairy" boiled a cactus and drank the brew to research a mescaline trip for the film, but nothing happened.
"We cooked the cactus for the movie and drank it, but it didn't work," Cera said in an interview Friday alongside "Crystal Fairy" writer-director Sebastian Silva. "We had this plan to do it and not film because that was going to be overwhelming for everyone. We ended up drinking it and shooting that day, and everyone was fine and nobody felt anything.
"Maybe it was because we were working or something. We were all in work mode... Maybe we got the wrong cactus. Is that possible?"
"Crystal Fairy" is about a road trip through the Chilean desert in search of the San Pedro cactus, which you can find just about anywhere these days, and doesn't really have much mescaline in it unless it is older and you take the time to extract it correctly. And you should probably not take mescaline at work.
But what did Cera learn from his experience with San Pedro?
"It's a very kind of acrid, earthy, terrible taste," Cera said... "It shouldn't be eaten. Nature didn't want you to eat it."