Ben Affleck says he had to 'Bill Clinton it' around Matthew McConaughey and their 'Dazed and Confused' costars when they were getting stoned on set

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  • Ben Affleck said that he pretended to smoke weed around some of his "Dazed and Confused" castmates.

  • According to Affleck, he had a "dissociative panic attack" when he first tried the drug at age 15 and subsequently didn't enjoy smoking.

  • The actor also revealed that many of his "Dazed and Confused" castmates would drink heavily, but that he didn't partake.

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Ben Affleck had a small role in "Dazed and Confused." Gramercy Pictures and Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SiriusXM

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Ben Affleck said he pretended to smoke weed around some of his "Dazed and Confused" costars like Matthew McConaughey since he'd had a bad experience with the drug as a teenager.

In the new book "Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater's 'Dazed and Confused,'" Affleck revealed he first tried the drug when he was 15.

"I had a bad experience with marijuana at 15. I had a dissociative panic attack," he said. "So I only smoked weed if everyone else was smoking and I had to sort of Bill Clinton it and fake it. I didn't really like marijuana."

Affleck was referencing an interview with the former president in 1992, in which Clinton admitted that he'd tried marijuana while studying at the University of Oxford, but "didn't inhale."

According to Affleck, many of the film's stars would also drink heavily -- something the actor says he didn't partake in, either.

"I became an alcoholic much, much later and I'm in recovery now, so that was a whole different time," he explained. "I was a little nervous, like should we be drinking before we're working tomorrow? Some people were actually drinking and stoned at work."

Released in 1993, "Dazed and Confused" follows a group of Texas teenagers on a summer night in 1976. Numerous actors who starred in the film, including Affleck, McConaughey, Parker Posey, and Milla Jovovich, went on to become major stars in Hollywood.

Affleck played the troublemaker Fred O'Bannion, a sadistic high school senior who delights in humiliating incoming freshmen.

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