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The Woody Harrelson Bio

The Woody Harrelson Review –

by Nate Lee

Best Films:

The People vs. Larry Flynt
& Natural Born Killers

It's not impossible to imagine other actors playing these roles, but it's hard to imagine them being more fun than with Woody. The list of blockbusters is full of brilliant films with a small contribution by Woody, but these two are his films.

Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
Seven Pounds (blind Ezra)
Kingpin (an ex-bowling hustler who takes an Amish Randy Quaid under his wing)
White Men Can't Jump (basketball hustler)
Transsiberian (innocent traveler and lover of trains)
Prairie Home Companion (with John C. Reilly, a cowboy comic)
The Messenger (Oscar, SAG and Golden Globe-nominated performance as a soldier who informs next of kin that their loved ones died in combat)
Doc Hollywood (Michael J. Fox is after his girlfriend)
Grass (narrator of marijuana documentary)
Through A Scanner Darkly (stoner friend of Keanu Reeves)
The Walker (a "companion" to D.C. ladies of power)
This So-Called Disaster (part of Sam Shepard's cast in a "making of" documentary)
Go Further (documentary following Woody as he espouses natural living)
The Hi-Lo Country (a hell-raising cowboy)
Welcome to Sarajevo (a reporter covering the Bosnian war)
No Country for Old Men (SAG-winning performance, chasing a psycho killer)
Natural Born Killers (a psycho killer and media manipulator, with Juliette Lewis)
Zombieland (the world's best Zombie killer)
Wag the Dog (a psychotic military prisoner)
The People vs. Larry Flynt (Oscar, SAG and Golden Globe-nominated performance as Larry Flynt)
EdTV (Ed's brother, with Matthew McConaughey)
L.A. Story (Steve Martin's boss at the television station)
The Real Woody Harrelson:
Grass, Larry Flynt

Usually there's a hyphen in descriptions of Harrelson, such as "actor-activist." Harrelson is an outspoken advocate of marijuana legalization, environmental causes, and, of course, free speech.
Acting Style:
The innocent. There are plenty of folks who play crazy – too many – and Woody is one of the best, mostly because his innocent charm seeps through even then. That nice guy and/or good ol' boy grin makes his most recent work some of his best, as the blind "slow to anger" Ezra in "Seven Pounds," the innocent train fanatic in "Transsiberian," and even the cowboy comic in "Prairie Home Companion."
Bits and Quirks:
The slow, awkward speech, often with the head down, staring at his toes. The cocked head with the grin. Working the grin in all kinds of ways other than mischievous. A good squint. Saying tough things in a nice, or funny, tone. As the innocent, pushes the accent and makes the grin, coupled with wide eyes, seem more naïve.
Great Scenes:
Seven Pounds

> The ending, seeing Emily
> On the phone with Will Smith
> In the café with Will


> In Bill Murray's house
> Looking for Twinkies in the truck
> Saving everybody at the amusement park
> Playing the banjo in the grocery store
> Knocking out a zombie with his car door

L.A. Story

> Firing Steve Martin

No Country For Old Men

> The meeting in the office, to get the job of tracking down Javier Bardem, with the line "compared to what, the Bubonic Plague?"
> The last conversation with Bardem, trying to bribe him

The Messenger

> In the diner, going through the instructions on delivering "the message" to the next of kin
> Getting attacked by the dead soldier's mom
> In the bar, trying to get acquainted

Natural Born Killers

> The opening diner scene
> The wedding on the bridge
> Dreaming in the teepee, and the rattlesnakes
> The "Drug Zone" pharmacy showdown with the cops
> The interview with Robert Downey Jr.
> The showdown with Jack
> The video sequence at the end with Downey
If you like Woody Harrelson You probably didn't like:
An Indecent Proposal
The Thin Red Line
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