Goats: David Duchovny and Graham Phillips on Rolling Joints and Working With Lifestock
08.11.12 by BJSprecher
It's a common practice for movie productions to bring in specialists to coach actors in preparation for roles that require them to perform certain complex behaviors, such as driving, fighting or playing the piano. But, what if the complex behaviors in question are rolling joints and smoking pot? Well, according to Graham Phillips, then you turn to a "master of the cannabic arts" for instruction.
In first-time director Christopher Neil's new coming-of-age movie, Goats, Phillips needed to look practiced at smoking marijuana to play Ellis, the son of a New Age "hippie" mother (Vera Farmiga) whose mentor and father-figure is the Goat Man (David Duchovny), a "botanist and a goat trekker" well-versed in said "cannabic arts." For his role, Duchovny joked that he "didn't need" a coach to teach him how to smoke pot, but he did need some instruction in rolling joints. Duchovny also conceded that he isn't quite sure why the movie is titled Goats, except that "there's something about 'Goats' that's kind of...fun."
Goats is based on the novel of the same name by Mark Jude Poirier, who also adapted the screenplay. The cast includes Ty Burrell (TV's Modern Family), Keri Russell (Bedtime Stories), Justin Kirk (Weeds) and Dakota Johnson (Beastly).