Ahead of tomorrow’s release of The Hunger Games here’s another interview with Woody Harrelson, this time courtesy of Metro:
You’re quite the mentor in The Hunger Games. Do you ever feel like one in life?
I think I’ve been an incredible example to my kids of what not to do. And I try not to preach about diet any more. I used to do that because I see so many people eating s***. Now I just let people see my energy and how strong I stay.
It stands to reason a character called Haymitch might have an unruly sort of look. Any inspiration?
My brother. I was thinking about the look of the character and then I ran into him. I have his hair – the colour, the length, everything – and he’s also a little unkempt.
Haymitch is a wild man in other ways. How did you get ready to play him?
I’d like to say I did some vigorous training but I didn’t. However, I did go on an alcohol bender – that helped. Drink bad, eat good! I eat only raw food when I’m working because I need my energy, so there are some areas where I wasn’t being true to character because Haymitch would eat anything.
The film clearly touches on violence. What are your thoughts on that subject?
It’s something I seek to avoid but I like people to be respectful so I’m not afraid to fight.
What does this film say about our society?
I suppose in some ways we haven’t come that far from the gladiator days. I’m an anarchist and I do think things such as Occupy Wall Street are about getting a little closer to the solution. People are a bit more on-point now with what’s going on. But I still don’t like where things are heading or where my tax dollars go.
The Hunger Games might be the next huge franchise and you don’t gravitate towards blockbusters. Are you worried you might end up in something as big as Twilight?
It’s hard to say what the higher-ups are thinking but, for me, I just want this to be a great movie. I can’t think about the next movie or if there’s a movie after that. In fact, in our culture I rarely see sequels that are as good as the originals. I hope this movie’s great. As for the others, I don’t know. But my eldest daughters have read all the books and love them.
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