Tommy Chong talks with Gentry Thomas while laying low in Southern California during the covid-19 outbreak. Tommy Chong the cannabis king took a moment to put down the bong and talk to us about how he was dealing with the recent pandemic that has made the whole world sit back and take a chill pill. In good spirits, the now 81 year old living legend, was candid with Gentry Thomas about why he believes that this is "mother nature's way of fighting back". In part he thinks that it's due to climate change and b;ames China on being over populated and wrapping all their goods in plastic. Chong says that nowadays no one cares about our planet and she is fighting back. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Actress Lea Thompson reflects on her Back To The Future days playing Lorraine and working with Michael J. Fox. The 80s actress admits she has been spending a lot of time cooking and cleaning lately for her family due to covid-19. Lea recalls another virus that swept the planet in the 1980s when she was starring in blockbuster movies. That was the AIDS virus. Since the first cases were reported in the U.S. in 1981, 39 million people have died from the HIV virus, including 619,000 globally last year alone according to unaids.org. Lea says she is really proud of America right now and how many are coming together but still have work to do. "We've started appreciating people that we took for granted in the past (and in the future) "like grocery store workers and people who pick the crops and of couse the nurses and the janitors." Thompson told us on the podcast. Lea has been married to director Howard Duetch since 1989. The 59 year old Thompson opened up to our own Gentry Thomas about how they met on the set of Some Kind of Wonderful in 1987. She reminisced with us about their first photo together and how she recently posted it on her Instagram Page. Her husband is known for directing Pretty in Pink, The Great Outdoors and Grumpier Old Men to name a few. Both her and Duetch have directing creds now since Lea has directed 7 episodes of ABC's hit show The Goldbergs. Lea and hubby Howie often share directing notes these days, but she wanted to make it clear that Howard does not have back to back hit shows with a network like she has done recently. Listen to this week's episode of Backstage with Gentry Thomas and for even more interviews and content join us on The Podcast Playground. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.