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If you've seen Super Troopers, one of the first scenes that will likely come to mind is the film's delightfully deadpan opening traffic stop. It's hilarious, it's off the wall, and it ultimately sets the tone of the 2001 cult classic. Despite the inherent absurdity of the drug-fueled, police-themed prank, we meow know that it's inspired by a real incident involving mushrooms and a trip (pun intended) to Canada. Broken Lizard member Steve Lemme explained while talking about next year's Super Troopers 2, saying:
That should sound pretty familiar to someone who has seen Super Troopers before, because it's reminiscent of the film's opening sequence. In the movie, Ramathorn and Rabbit pull over a trio of stoners driving down the Vermont freeway with a car full of contraband. In an attempt to avoid jail time, one of them eats an entire bag of mushrooms and proceeds to freak out, man.
From there, the real story played out slightly differently from the Super Troopers scene. Instead of a disguised cop taking them for a joy ride ("You boys like Mexico!"), one of the guys in the RV eventually fessed up about the drugs and got them banned from Canada. Lemme continued his story to Seven Days about the ordeal:
In addition to the seven-year Canada ban, the incident also resulted in a two-day psychedelic trip for the poor fellow who swallowed all of those shrooms. Still, that seems like it might be better than a long stint in a Canadian prison. Stories like that apparently happened frequently during their 20s, as they found themselves often pulled over while stoned on their way to weddings -- constantly wondering how the cops would react if they found out how stoned they were, while also wondering how these cops passed the time. Add enough substances to that thought process, and you get comedy gold in the form of Super Troopers.
Looking ahead, there's a lot to get excited about for the heavily-mustached sequel. It finally finished production earlier this year, and it's going to bring all of the classic characters from the original back into the picture. Beyond that, the film hasn't changed much behind the scenes -- keeping the writing staff in place, with Jay Chandrasekhar in place as director. The gang is getting back together; now it's time to see what sort of shenanigans they get into this time.