Omri Katz Reveals He Was High While Filming "Hocus Pocus": "I Was Having a Good Old Time"

HOCUS POCUS, Omri Katz, Thora Birch, 1993, (c) Buena Vista/courtesy Everett Collection

According to Omri Katz, aka the cynical protagonist Max from “Hocus Pocus,” the then-16-year-old nearly acquired in main bother for being excessive on set of the 1993 movie. In an Oct. 26 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Katz recalled, “That was at an age the place I began experimenting with hashish. Let’s simply say, a few of these scenes, I used to be having an excellent previous time.”

Despite his finest efforts, although, Katz mentioned he wasn’t good at disguising his behind-the-scenes behavior, which rapidly made him a topic of suspicion. While he cannot recall precisely which scenes turned problematic, he does know that members of the crew finally began catching on. “I’ll inform you what I do keep in mind: I used to be misperforming and never hitting my keys or marks. Kenny [Ortega, the director] 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 mentioned.

Thanks to Ortega’s confrontation, nevertheless, Katz was in a position to pull himself collectively for an iconic efficiency that continues to be a Halloween favourite to at the present time. He added, “We acquired it accomplished, however that was sort of a wake-up name, like, ‘Omri, you have to be a little bit extra skilled and be sure you hit your cues!'”

Although he could not be capable to pinpoint the precise moments that began elevating eyebrows, his costar Vinessa Shaw (Allison) mentioned she positively remembered one, pointing to a selected scene within the very starting of the film, during which Bette Midler’s Winifred Sanderson hits Max with a bolt of inexperienced magic. “I did not appear like I used to be getting zapped,” Katz confirmed. “I appeared like I used to be getting excessive.”

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