Cheech Marin is well known for his comedic work with Tommy Chong. Even people from younger generations have heard of the pot-smoking duo, even if they haven’t seen any of their work. Cheech and Chong have been a part of comedy legend since the 70s and 80s.
Since their work together, Cheech has had a relatively successful acting career. One might remember him from such works as Nash Bridges, Spy Kids, Lost and Machete. He’s also done voice acting for several Disney movies, such as The Lion King, and video games, such as Kingdom Hearts II. Chong has also done well in the post-haze of his 70s and 80s films, even having a long-standing part on That 70’s Show, up until 2006.
Recently Cheech has been in the news, not for his acting, but for his art. He was honored for his collecting and had a public opening for “Chicanitas: Small Paints from the Cheech Marin Collection.” The collection features 70 paintings by 29 different Chicano artists. He intends to show similar exhibits in other cities, including Bordeaux, France, as part of a “Chicanitas” tour.
“Chicanitas is in its third year and is booked for two more years. It’s kind of like the club tour of my exhibits. It can go into the communities where people haven’t seen the bigger exhibits,” said Marin.
Marin published a book, also called “Chicanitas: Small Paints from the Cheech Marin Collection,” about the art in September. It is currently available on Amazon.com.
According to Las Cruces Sun-News, comments were made by Cheech during the exhibit launch that insinuated the legendary Cheech and Chong could be back together on the big screen.
“Chong and I are talking about it, but then we’ve been talking about it for a long time. Probably within the next year. We’ve been touring together and trying to stay alive. I’m a Chicano. We have to have at least three jobs,” Marin stated.
Cheech and Chong never really lost touch with each other and have continued on in the comedy scene. At 67-years-old, Cheech is still touring with his on-screen smoking buddy. Their tour, called “Up In Smoke,” just like their first film together in 1978, leaves very little wonder as to what a new movie for the duo might be like.
Though IMDB.com shows no source on either actor’s page just yet, there is a page on the site dedicated to an “Untitled Cheech and Chong Project” for 2014. Although it’s still a rumor, it seems that theaters could be smoking up their screens with the finished product within the next couple of years.