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Cheech and Chong reunion? Just a pipe dream

Marin says he needed to ‘keep moving,’ and the pair won't team up again for their particular brand of drug-fueled humor.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Those rumors about an on-screen reunion of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong? Reefer madness, Marin says.

The 59-year-old actor — half of the Cheech & Chong comedy duo that embodied 1970s and 1980s marijuana humor — said there will be no future joint efforts with Chong.

“We’ve tried to do it a bunch of times and we always end up at the same place,” Marin said during a recent press tour to promote the new animated film “Cars,” set for release June 9. “All the old animosities resurface.”

In “Cars,” Marin voices Ramon, a vintage low-rider who befriends lead character Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson).

“I’m real comfortable leaving Cheech & Chong right where it is,” Marin said. “I was a big Laurel & Hardy fan when I was a kid. I used to watch them on TV all the time and then one time I saw a Laurel & Hardy film they made when they were a lot older and it creeped me out. I just never wanted to do that.”

Marin said voicing roles in animated films such as “Oliver & Company,” “FernGully: The Last Rainforest” and “The Lion King” has given his career a second act. His screen credits also include roles in the “Spy Kids” movies and the TV series “Nash Bridges.”

“That was always a point of conflict with Tommy and I,” he said. “I wanted to kind of keep moving and do other stuff and he wanted to stay at that same thing. My natural inclination was to keep moving.”