Podcast: Woody Harrelson

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ZFF Masters: Woody Harrelson (2016)

Egal, ob Mainstream- oder Independent-Filme, Woody Harrelson überzeugt mit seiner charismatischen Schauspielarbeit Publikum und Kritiker beider Lager. Der 1961 in Texas geborene Harrelson erlangte dank der US-amerikanischen Sitcom CHEERS erste Berühmtheit. Als Hustler-Gründer Larry Flynt im Film THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (1997) von Milos Forman erhielt er seine erste Oscar-Nominierung. Harrelson spielt sich mit seiner unverwechselbaren Spielweise immer wieder ins Gedächtnis der Zuschauer: etwa als alkoholisierter Mentor in der Erfolgsreihe THE HUNGER GAMES oder gescheiteter Ermittler in der HBO-Serie TRUE DETECTIVE (2014). An der ZFF Gala Premiere brillierte Harrelson 2016 im Biopic LBJ als US-Präsident Johnson. Bei den ZFF Masters beweist der markante Darsteller einmal mehr, wie er das Publikum mit viel Humor und Charme unterhalten kann.

Moderation: Wendy Mitchell
Sprache: Englisch
Dauer: ca. 64 Minuten

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Show Notes

  • Woody Harrelson humorously muses about the beginning of his career, where he was unable to get an agent until he finally caught a break getting his first job for a Neil Simon play in New York. [02:30]
  • The advent of his first fame with CHEERS and the simultaneous difficulty of getting past the Woody Boyd stereotype, eventually getting another job through his friend Michael J. Fox in DOC HOLLYWOOD. The hilarious story of that audition. [15:18]
  • Other breakthrough films like WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP or NATURAL BORN KILLERS, including a funny anecdote about working with Oliver Stone on the latter. [18:37]
  • The most incredible tale of how Woody went on vacation with Larry Flynt to prepare for his role as the eponymous character in Milos Forman’s THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT – a performance for which he gained an Academy Award nomination. [21:48]
  • Working for a big franchise like THE HUNGER GAMES, a part which he actually turned down twice before signing on. [28:50]
  • Rob Reiner’s ZFF European Premiere LBJ and the insecurities Woody encountered while trying to recreate President Johnson’s accent. [32:49]
  • His propensity for going off script and the impossibility of doing that for his films with Martin McDonagh – SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI – or the Coen brothers, with whom he worked on NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. [43:56]
  • Woody’s favorite Rob Reiner movies and their subsequent collaboration after LBJ, namely SHOCK AND AWE. [52:12]
  • Ending philosophically on what keeps Woody Harrelson going every day. [01:00:00]