News | Entertainment
19 Feb 2019 17:17
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Entertainment

    Sir Billy Connolly tried smoking marijuana to treat his Parkinson's disease but just got "stoned" instead

    The 76-year-old comedian admitted while he hadn't had the drug in about three decades, he decided to see if it would help with the incurable disorder - which leaves him shaking and struggling to move - but it didn't quite go to plan


    Speaking to the Radio Times, he revealed: "I just got bomb happy. Just stoned. It was quite pleasant, but I don't want to do that every day.

    "I was never very good with marijuana, I always got too stoned and it always lasted too long. I stopped all that about 30 years ago."

    The star - who was diagnosed in 2013 - also took the opportunity to fire back at Sir Michael Parkinson, after the 83-year-old recalled a "sad and awkward" meeting with Billy and said he wasn't sure the comic recognised him.

    Now, he has angrily responded: "These Yorkshiremen, I don't think they apologise much. I wasn't disappointed, it just made my life a bit difficult.

    "People feeling sorry for me, I don't like that. They read about me in the papers and think, 'Oh, he's not well.'

    "They're right, but I'm not as bad as they think I am... He should get on with selling funerals and leave me alone."

    Meanwhile, last month Billy revealed he is willing to be a "guinea pig" in a bid to find a cure for Parkinson's disease, which causes parts of the brain to become progressively damaged over years.

    He admitted he's been in contact with stem cell scientists at Harvard University about using him to advance their research and, hopefully in the long run, discover a cure for the condition.

    Speaking in an extract taken from a book, published by The Scotsman, he said: "I've spoken to guys working on it at Harvard and told them I'll be a guinea pig for them. I think they are going to take me up on that."

    © 2019 Bang Showbiz, NZCity


     Other Entertainment News
     19 Feb: Jennifer Lopez "doesn't need" to marry Alex Rodriguez at the moment
     19 Feb: Rose Byrne is open to adopting a child
     19 Feb: Miranda Lambert has married Brendan Mcloughlin
     19 Feb: Winnie Harlow admits starring in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is "an absolute dream"
     19 Feb: Penelope Cruz doesn't want to work with Javier Bardem "all of the time"
     19 Feb: Sarah Jessica Parker has been speaking to Andy Cohen on an almost-daily basis since he became a dad
     19 Feb: Jenna Coleman's most embarrassing moment centred around a sandwich
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Expect to see Damian McKenzie continue at first five for the Chiefs throughout Super Rugby More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    New Zealand gets 'punished' by Chinese tourists following Huawei ban, according to state media More...



     Today's News

    Law and Order:
    Sydney man who confronted bodybuilder in his home posted on Reddit about thieves 17:17

    Entertainment:
    Jennifer Lopez "doesn't need" to marry Alex Rodriguez at the moment 17:07

    Rugby:
    Expect to see Damian McKenzie continue at first five for the Chiefs throughout Super Rugby 16:57

    Business:
    New Zealand gets 'punished' by Chinese tourists following Huawei ban, according to state media 16:57

    Entertainment:
    Rose Byrne is open to adopting a child 16:37

    Rugby:
    Damian McKenzie is expected to make his first appearance of the Super Rugby season this weekend 16:17

    Living & Travel:
    Lime lock-ups have hit two more riders 16:17

    Entertainment:
    Miranda Lambert has married Brendan Mcloughlin 16:07

    International:
    Teenager wakes from coma to find she's given birth to a surprise baby 15:57

    Entertainment:
    Winnie Harlow admits starring in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is "an absolute dream" 15:37


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2019 New Zealand City Ltd