That Time Ted Danson Got So Stoned He Forgot His Lines The Next Day

Bored to Death

When it comes to television actors, you'd hard pressed to find one more rock solid than Ted Danson. He's a TV veteran with a number of great roles and shows under his belt. From the classic Cheers to the more recent (and very excellent) The Good Place, Danson knows how to bring it. But he's also a human being, and sometimes people get really high the night before filming and can't remember their lines. This happened to Danson back when he was starring on HBO's Bored to Death, but it wasn't totally his fault; the show's creator is the one who gave him the drugs in the first place.

The Bored to Death cast knew how to party and they must have been pretty persuasive. Show creator Jonathan Ames and castmembers Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, and Zach Galifianakis recently reunited for a panel at Vulturefest (via Vulture), where Ames told a fun anecdote about the one time Danson ever forgot his lines. It all started when Ames saw a cameraman using a Volcano vaporizer, recommended by Woody Harrelson, no less. Ames, a weed connoisseur, did a vapor bag himself and then wrote it into the show. Then later one evening before reshoots was supposed to take place in New York, Ames, Danson, and Schwartzman smoked the volcano together.

After a night of stoney shenanigans -- like ordering everything off the menu of a vegan restaurant -- Ames was surprised to learn the next day that Ted Danson was still recovering from the volcano and couldn't remember any of his lines. Understandably, Ames got a little worried.

It was the first time in three years that Ted struggled with his lines. It was like I had messed with this machine! Ted always knew his lines --- like, perfect, ready --- and it was the _one day _... 'Oh my God, I gave him marijuana. I've destroyed him!'

We're guessing that everything turned out alright and Ted Danson was able to get through filming that day. It sounds like Danson wasn't as good with his recreational drug use that night as his Bored to Death character, George, was on the show. You can check out a clip of George bonding with Zach Galifianakis' character over some shared pot down below.

The status of a Bored to Death movie is still up in the air, but you can currently catch Ted Danson on The Good Place, which returns with new episodes on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. For the rest of the 2018 lineup, be sure to check out our midseason premiere guide!

Matt Wood

Matt has lived in New Jersey his entire life, but commutes every day to New York City. He graduated from Rowan University and loves Marvel, Nintendo, and going on long hikes and then greatly wishing he was back indoors. Matt has been covering the entertainment industry for over two years and will fight to his dying breath that Hulk and Black Widow make a good couple.