Woody Harrelson

February 3, 2012

I’m Woody Harrelson, AMA

Hi Reddit, it’s Woody here. I’m in New York today doing interviews for my new film RAMPART, which opens in theaters on February 10th. I’ll be checking in from 3-4EST today and will get to as many of your questions as I can, so start asking now! Be back soon.

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It's happening - I'm answering questions for about 15 minutes. Bring on the questions on Rampart!

Thanks for the great questions. It's a really busy day and I'm going to try to come back...but no guarantees.

I swear this is (allegedly) a true story. I went to a high school in LA and you (allegedly) crashed our prom after party (Universal Hilton). You (allegedly) ended up taking the virginity of a girl named Roseanne. You (allegedly) didn't call her afterwards. She (allegedly) cried a lot. Do you remember any of this and can confirm or have you (allegedly) been so knee deep in hollywood pooty for so long that this qualifies as a mere blip?

/I'm (allegedly) not kidding.

Edit: Umm, is it cool if I find it kind of hilarious that this is the top comment? Whenever I see him interviewed (like on Letterman a couple of nights ago) I always think back on this and just shake my head. Sorry Woody....but whatever, he has a pretty notorious reputation for being a pussy hound. And its not like I asked President Obama or UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon if they boned a high school graduate....he's just a Hollywood actor and this is an AMA. So yeah. (and I highly doubt he's answering in any case except for maybe 4 words; "No, it never happened.") And I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment.

To answer some questions - yes she was pretty attractive (and no I'm not Roseanne you witty motherfuckers, nor was I her date). The weird thing is that she was a pretty serious girl not known as a partier and had a lot of guys after her. Pretty shy and quiet, which is why afterwards I was like, what the fuck? Her? (also not giving year because I just know some of you internet detectives will track the poor girl down. If he can't remember this event given the circumstances, name and hotel...well he really has gotten laid too much in his life).

Also some of the pearl clutching over the question is highly amusing.

Since Im pretty sure he's not answering may I gave a visual presentation of what went down?:

So Woody walks into a high school graduation party.

And most of us were like, whats this older dude doing here?

Drinks were imbibed.

And Roseanne was like this when she spotted him

And Woody was like this.

And Roseanne's date was like this.

And so they danced...and danced and danced

...until her date tried to cut in.

So they danced and danced some more like it was 1999 until she sent Woody some sort of secret signal.

And whatever went down back in their room went down.

And the next day she was like.....you're going to call, right?

And Woody was like.

And the rest of us were like.

And Roseanne's dad was like.

Woody never called and was like.

And she was like.

And a lot of us were like.

And he probably walked around for a few days day like this and this.

2nd edit: after reading all his non-answers that went something like this: "something something Rampart something," I'm glad I asked whether the story was true. Worst...AMA...ever.

3rd edit: Protip - if a reporter blogger from Gawker happens to contact you, just ignore the tool and move on. Just general life advice.

First of off, its not true, and second off, I don't want to answer questions about that. Lets focus on the film people.

The reason I love seeing you in movies is that you always seem so natural, well adjusted, and in-character no matter the role. What has been your most difficult role to prepare for, and why?

This character in Rampart was the most difficult. I have a hard time seeing myself as a cop, being slightly anti-authoritarian, so I really had to immerses myself in that mentality. It was a challenge, but it was one I was psyched to meet. Especiallly working with Oren Moverman.

What role do you wish you got at the time, but are glad you did not looking back?

You know, I don't really think about those things, once the opportunity passes, I really let go of it.

How long have you been a vegan? What got you into it? Principles or health reasons?

I read that in Kingpin, they made you special veggie burgers to eat during the diner scene.

Huge fan!

EDIT: Changed Vegetarian to Vegan

Initially, it was an energetic pursuit, but eventually I did develop a deep compassion for animals. I'd eat a burger, and want to go to sleep. I started for energy. And it has served me well.

Did you know about reddit before today?

I know Oren Moverman did an interview here. I did just learn about it, so I'm trying.

Should change this AMA to AMAAR (Ask Me Anything About Rampart)

We gotta be...i consider my time valuable.

Just re-watched Larry Flynt the other night. Just had to come in and comment on a wonderful job. Also, loved your performance in 'After the Sunset'. Keep up the great work!

very kind thing to say.

Hello and greetings from Toronto. If I am correct, you are a vegan, and I really respect that. I recently went vegan in April 2011 and love it so far. What advice would you give to aspiring vegans and current vegans about the lifestyle and what was it that made you want to change your diet. Thanks.

I did it for energy. And i have to say, it works.

You are an absolute badass! But more importantly:

What movie was the most fun for you to work on?
Are you happy with the reception Zombieland received?

Well I usually wouldn't say fun...intense, challenging, engaging, yeah.

Out of all the roles you played, which has been the most rewarding, most difficult, and most fun? And if you are willing to answer...what's the one role you wish you didn't take?

Can I say rampart? It really took over my life for a while. I wouldn't say fun is the operative word.

well there was a lot of …the great thing about working with Oren is ...he gives you an incredible playground. And all the tools... great direction, wonderful words to say…and inside of that he says "go play."

Working with oren... he's adaptable…if he finds this is working, he commands you, tells you to keep going, he's always pushing the outer limits.

As for the other roles, well if they don't specifically come up in conversation, I don't give them much thought!

What was your most memorable or favorite line that you improvised during a film shoot that the director kept in the movie?

Yeah ...all of them?

With films with Oren specifically, you don't do any rehearsal ahead of time. you aren't blocked out, you don't do blocking…you know…we try to come into the scene prepared and hope the other actors are prepared, and in this case they always were. Especially Brie, who initially that part was much smaller, just by virtue of her…the power of her personality, and her abilities she made that part a lot richer.


Ok. well, my method during preparation and production is immersion. I try to just immerse myself in the role, and in this case, watching movies, documentaries reading books. just anything that has to do with cops. Particularly LAPD, the history of the LAPD. As well as ride-alongs with cops... just getting into the back-story and the psyche of DAVE BROWN.

So to jump in there is exciting and scary, and also you just feel completely safe and protected…Oren, he just won't let you fail, and me personally, I tried to fail several times.

I mean its inevitable..with the freedom Oren does give you sometimes you're gonna go in the wrong direction and he's gonna steer you back.


I will tell you, it can really take over your life for a while.

I will tell you, it can really take over your life for a while.

As I said, with my family, it's a strong bond. So that helps. But I relate to a character and his love of his family. For example -- I have 3 daughters, Dave Brown has 2. That pain he was feeling when things are not going well. That..that I can really sink my teeth into that. Sink my emotionality there.

What do you do in your freetime? Hobbies, etc. Favorite places to travel and explore?

In my free time I'm mainly with my family. that's a pretty strong bond.

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Woody Harrelson conducted on Reddit on 2012-02-03. The Reddit AMA can be found here.