Cera admitted to The Huffington Post that he and his cast-mates tried doing mescaline to experience what their characters would have on the same type of hallucinogenic trip.
“We cooked the cactus for the movie and drank it, but it didn’t work,” Cera confessed. “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?”
The film, which is currently screening at Sundance Film Festival, did teach Cera one thing—he does not like boiled cactus. “It’s a very kind of acrid, earthy, terrible taste,” he said. “It’s almost like a wheatgrass shot, that terrible taste that keeps revisiting you. It shouldn’t be eaten. Nature didn’t want you to eat it.”