Preston Myers, played by Ethan Embry was one of the most lovable characters in Can't Hardly Wait, a career-launching ensemble comedy about a party on graduation night. He's the one who wrote the letter for Jennifer Love Hewitt's character, Amanda, which was a narrative centerpiece of the teen cult classic. Maybe one of the things that made Preston so great was how just under the surface, the character seemed totally stoned. Now, thanks to an interview that Ethan did with VH1, we know that it wasn't the character. In fact, he says he barely knows what Can't Hardly Wait is about.
When asked what the craziest thing that happened on the Can't Hardly Wait set was, Ethan couldn't even say. "I was the world’s biggest stoner. I remember the director came up to me and asked if I was 'altered,'" he said, "But other than that, nothing sticks out because I was so stoned the entire time."
He really means it when he says that "nothing sticks out." When asked if people ever quote the movie to him, he says that he honestly couldn't say: "Maybe that’s what those weird people are saying. I haven’t seen the movie all the way through, and I was stoned. I never read the script. If they are quoting it, then I don’t know."
He continued, "It’s about a party right? Underage kids drinking and smoking and having underage sex, right?"
Every '90s kids remembers Empire Records, and it's hard to think about Empire Records without Mark and his band Marc. In the film, Mark, played by Ethan, ended up eating some brownies with "extra sugar" and hallucinating himself into a Gwar-inspired horrorscape, laughing and munching more brownies the whole time. He played similar characters, the awkward stoner with the heart of gold, in virtually every other film he was in during the '90s, including the bass player ("T.B. Player") in That Thing You Do — he's the one they lost at Disneyland.
Now 35, he obviously looks different. But he's okay with that. "It’s funny because people expect me to look the same way I did fifteen years ago. Cause they just saw the movie,
he told VH1, "They are often like, 'You look old.' No s—, dude, it was 15 years ago! 'Your hair fell out!' That’s what happens when you become 35."
For what it's worth, he seems like the same combination of jovial and self-deprecating that his characters were, way back when. Maybe a little darker with age. When asked if he'd make a sequel, this was his soul-crushing response: "[Preston would] have to get pretty dark. [He and Amanda] would have to not be together anymore. I’ve beaten myself up quite a bit in the past 15 years. Yeah, so maybe, if he went down the actual Vonnegut writer’s path. Amanda and him had a horrible breakup and there were kids involved. He drinks himself silly over a typewriter. I’d make that sequel."