July 23, 2012

INTERVIEW: Woody Harrelson on The Hunger Games: "What a fool I would have been if I passed it up."

Woody Harrelson talked to recently about his new play Bullet for Adolf, his life as a playwright and a play director, fan encounters, and turning down The Hunger Games at first. He also said that Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence dropped by his apartment recently (we assume that they talked about Catching Fire stuff). Read the interview below!
One of the most talked about franchises right now has to be The Hunger Games. Tell us about playing Haymitch Abernathy. 
That was a pretty cool experience. [Director] Francis Lawrence, who is doing [the second film] Catching Fire, was over at the apartment and I told him this true story: You can’t imagine being the idiot that turned down The Hunger Games, but I actually did. I turned it down. I don’t know why. Maybe I didn’t feel like there was enough to do in the role. Luckily [director] Gary Ross came back to me. In the meantime I had read all the books and I was like, “Oh my god. This is great!” I felt kind of bad for passing it up. He said, “You gotta do it! I don’t have a second choice.” And I said, “Well, in that case, let’s do it.” What a fool I would have been if I passed it up. 
How does it feel to have fans that range from Cheers to The Hunger Games? 
It’s kind of that surreal. I guess you can call [fans] “friendly strangers.” It’s like being a hot girl: A lot of people come up and want to talk to you. You don’t really know them, but it’s cool because I like people. It’s been an incredible journey. I feel very lucky that people want shake my hand.
Well, we're glad that you accepted the role, Woody. You brought Haymitch to life perfectly! Also, would like to wish you a Happy Birthday! ;)


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