Hocus Pocus’ Omri Katz Reveals He Got High While Filming

Lighting the candle — or the pipe? Omri Katz opened up about his expertise filming Hocus Pocus at sixteen, and the way toking up on the job virtually price him the position.

“That was at an age the place I began experimenting with hashish,” Katz, now 46, advised Leisure Weekly in an interview revealed on Wednesday, October 26. “Let’s simply say, a few of these scenes, I used to be having a superb previous time.”

The Dallas alum revealed that originally, he was “misperforming” and “not hitting my keys or marks,” however rapidly realized he wanted to straighten up after director Kenny Ortega approached him about his errors.

“Kenny comes as much as me and virtually grabs me by the shirt, and he was like, ‘Are you excessive?’ and I used to be like, ‘No,’ and naturally, I used to be,” Katz defined. “We bought it completed, however that was form of a wake-up name, like, ‘Omri, you’ve bought to be slightly extra skilled and be sure you hit your cues!’”

Whereas the California native couldn’t particularly keep in mind what scenes he had the munchies for, costar Vinessa Shaw, who performed Max’s love curiosity, Allison — identified a sequence at the start of the movie the place Winifred Sanderson (Bette Midler) zaps his character with a bolt of inexperienced magic.

“Yeah, however I didn’t appear to be I used to be getting zapped,” Katz joked. “I seemed like I used to be getting excessive.”

A spooky Halloween staple, Hocus Pocus focuses on Max — a newcomer to Salem — who should discover a method to save his city after he by chance lights the black flame candle and unknowingly frees a trio of evil witches performed by Midler, 76, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

Doug Jones and Omri Katz in ‘Hocus Pocus’.

The family-friendly flick was initially a field workplace flop in 1993, nonetheless, the movie finally grew to become a cult basic, with followers demanding it broaden its franchise over the previous three a long time.

Whereas the three witches reprised their roles in Hocus Pocus 2 final month, Katz, Shaw, 46, Birch, 40, and cat Thackery Binx, voiced by Jason Marsden, all revealed that they weren’t within the Disney+ sequel, regardless of being keen to leap again into character.

Katz, for his half, advised EW earlier this month that he “would have liked to be concerned,” and he feels “dangerous for the unique fan base saying we aren’t as a result of I’m certain they needed to see us reprise our roles.” Nonetheless, the Zorro alum shared that he thought the “new route” was a stable determination for the franchise, saying, “I believe it’ll be good for everybody who liked the unique! I hope followers will go see it. I do know I’ll.”

Birch, in the meantime, revealed to Leisure Tonight in September that she was “dismayed” she didn’t have a job within the sequel, however the Now and Then star confirmed that she would have been “on set with the women” if she hadn’t been “engaged on one thing else once they have been filming.”