Welp, it looks like we've figured out the reason why Sir Patrick Stewart thought it would be hilarious to voice a talking piece of poop in The Emoji Movie. Turns out the beloved veteran actor is a big-time weed dude.
As the NME reports, the 76-year-old actor released a statement to support Oxford University's proposed initiative to research cannabis-based medicines. In the statement, Stewart revealed that he's used marijuana every day for years.
"Two years ago, in Los Angeles, I was examined by a doctor and given a note which gave me legal permission to purchase, from a registered outlet, cannabis-based products, which I was advised might help the ortho-arthritis in both my hands," he said. "This, it would seem, is a genetically-based condition. My mother had badly distorted and painful hands."
Patty boy is not rolling joints, nor is he hitting the bong. Instead, he's tried other products. "I purchased an ointment, spray and edibles," he said. "The ointment, while providing some relief from the discomfort, was too greasy to use during daytime and so I only use it at night."
Ultimately, he feels that weed has helped him in a way that other medicinal products cannot. "I have had no negative side effects from this treatment and the alternative would have been to continue taking NSAID's, Advil, Aleve and Naproxen, which are known to be harsh on the liver and to cause acid reflux," he said. "This is an important step forward for Britain in a field of research that has for too long been held back by prejudice, fear and ignorance. I believe this programme of research might result in benefits for people like myself as well as millions of others."