Beloved Scottish actor Brian Cox, 73, told The Guardian that he recommends smoking cannabis to deal with political anxiety. Considering the political turmoil that dominates discussion nowadays, the actor’s sentiments were a welcomed departure from the normal conversation.
“It’s absolutely great and I recommend it to everyone—get stoned!” Cox said about cannabis. But Cox’s affinity for cannabis is especially heightened when it seems like everyone is arguing.
In both Europe and America, politics in 2020 can be highly argumentative, to say the least. “It does make the politics easier to bear,” said Cox, referring to the political climate in both the United States and the United Kingdom. “It’s a way of dealing with idiocy.”
While Cox had previously been “very against” cannabis in the distant past, he began to turn a new leaf about 20 years ago, when he discovered that cannabis is something beneficial. “Then when I was 50, I realized I missed out on what was going on with young people because I was so square, and I was working so hard, I needed something to relax,” he said. “So I discovered the wonderful world of cannabis.”
Cox is also a supporter of Scottish independence, both in 2012 and recently for an additional Scottish independence referendum. Referring to President Donald Trump and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Cox also voiced his opinion. “All of our moral certainties have gone by the wayside with the elections, with the Etonian twit in the UK and the pink Pinocchio in the White House, and you feel you can’t do anything about it,” he said.
Cox co-starred in Broken Lizard’s caricature of police forces with the films Super Troopers and Super Troopers 2, which both were riddled with cannabis jokes. The actor recently won Best Actor at the Golden Globes for his lead role in the HBO drama Succession.