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A case of beer? Bill Paxton reveals his remedy for ‘Titanic’s’ PCP-laced chowder

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton knew he was “pretty stoned on something pretty bad” after eating PCP-laced chowder while filming part of “Titanic” in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1996.

(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

The story about PCP-laced chowder on the "Titanic" set isn't a new one, but it's a good one — good enough that Bill Paxton just revisited it with Larry King.

"I knew I was pretty stoned on something pretty bad. And me and Jim [Cameron] thought there was a neurotoxin in the clams," the actor said on Ora.TV's "Larry King Now."

Paxton, who reportedly opted for the chowder over Italian food that night while filming on location, described the scene as bunches of crew members were "stumbling" into the ER at a small hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 1 a.m.

"You see some people are freaking out, some people are conga dancing, some people are euphoric," he said.

Although it was initially reported that only crew members and none of the cast was dosed, Paxton said he definitely was.

"We didn't know what it was. We thought maybe the clams had been left out in the sun or whatever," said the 60-year-old "Texas Rising" star.

But with all those other people ahead of him at the ER, Paxton opted for a home remedy.

"I said, 'Jim, I'm not gonna hang out here, this is bedlam. I'm gonna ... wander back down to the set and just drink a case of beer,' which is what I did.

"That seemed to help me."

Halifax police investigating the incident said at the time that testing had confirmed the presence of the drug, also known as angel dust, in the catered chowder.

Not confirmed? Whether the chowder contained lobster or clams. And whether 50, 100 or 150 people were drugged. Details of the story seem to have changed over the years.

Hey, when it's a good story, that's pretty much what happens.

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