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A dude has a crazy bad acid trip at a screening of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

09.13.2010

The first time I saw Stanley Kubrick's indescribably trippy and appropriately titled 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, I couldn't help but think the experience might be enhanced through chemically altered perceptions. It turns out that results may vary depending on the user.

This fact was illustrated at a recent screening of the film. You can see some shaky and dark evidence below, but JoBlo reader 'Andrew' dropped us this first-hand account:

I went to see Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles Friday and during the 'beyond infinite'/star child sequence toward the end a guy in the middle of the auditorium, tripping his balls off no doubt, started yelling at the screen and the audience. Everything from "hide your drugs fat man!" to "Kubrick!".

What began as huge annoyance lead to a dozen men attempting to remove him from the theater for the better part of five minutes. When another patron started throwing punches at him (I was told later that the guy began punching him because the tripped out fellow was assaulting a friend and/or child, though from my seat I couldn't tell what he was specifically doing right before that), they stopped the projection and hauled his ass out of auditorium. He wasn't a small dude and not very gentle during his trip. Apparently it took a few tazers from the cops to subdue the poor guy.

Couldn't help but think... only during 2001. So fair warning: be cautious of the amount of drugs you take before viewing 2001 projected in 70mm at a public screening!

Extra Tidbit: I bet none of that would have happened if HAL just opened the damn pod bay doors. Friggin' HAL, man.
Source: JoBlo.com

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