Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson have stayed great friends through decades of movie stardom - because they bonded over drugs.

The two first met when they were making seminal 1969 counter-culture movie Easy Rider, and soon discovered a shared love of substance consumption.

Hopper recalls, "(Jack's) drug intake used to be extraordinary. I could handle the drinking - I felt that I could control that - but he could happily smoke joint after joint and did as much when we were making Easy Rider.

"The other thing that happened was that we visited DH LAWRENCE's tomb which was near my place in Taos, New Mexico and dropped acid. The next morning, when we woke up, we found ourselves halfway up a tree.

"When you go through something like that together, it can't help but bring you closer."

29/10/2003 17:08