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Why Ozzy Osbourne Opted To Not Be In Netflix Documentary About Psychedelic Drugs

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By Chris Barilla

The new Netflix documentary 'Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics' has been largely an instant success for the platform, combining the real-life experiences on hallucinogenic drugs of a myriad of some of the most famous figures in television, music, film, and more. Created by former 'Simpsons' and 'Late Night With David Letterman' writer and producer Donick Cary, the film provides an eye-opening​ look into some ​of the wildest experiences these famous faces endured while under the influence of hallucinogens.

Ozzy Osbourne photographed candidly
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However, it appears that one famous figure decided to have his contribution omitted from the final released product, musician Ozzy Osbourne.

Speaking on the overall recruiting process for the film to Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Cary elaborated on the immense difficulty it took to get people to be open about their experiences, "We got a lot of 'no’s' and 'not interested’s,' it’s been a taboo topic for so long that a lot of people don’t want to be associated with drugs even if they had amazing experiences."

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However, when it came to Osbourne, it appears that he had deemed whatever he told producers during filming unfit to be shared, deciding to withdraw his contribution from the project.

"We had one interview that we thought went great and was a great cautionary tale from Ozzy, but then he decided he didn’t want to be in the movie," Cary shared.

"We love Ozzy and thought his stories and perspective on psychedelics were great and illuminating, but also were respectful that he wanted to be very cautious about the way he talked about drugs."

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Despite the setback of not having such a major figure be a part of the final film, Cary wasn't discouraged, continuing on to complete the project and fill in spaces where neccesary.

Beyond that, the producer explained that his end goal in creating the film was to contribute to the dialogue surrounding the drugs, not promote them, "We don’t want [psychedelics] to be trivialized or to endorse recreational use. We hope this encourages rational conversation and discussion about positive benefits and applications, and ideally helps move us towards a sane investigation into uses for mental health – treating depression, anxiety, mortality, addiction."

Ozzy Osbourne performing live
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"I think these are incredibly powerful tools that deserve our consideration and study in careful, hopefully licensed, ways. They can be dangerous when not taken seriously," the producer continued to elaborate about the lack of education surrounding drug use.

"They definitely aren’t for everyone. But they have been stigmatized for so long and we tend to talk about them from a place of fear. We have to shake off the fear and have more fact-based conversation!" He concluded his argument.

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