We really wonder how Jennifer Lawrence would have reacted if Woody Harrelson brought some of these antics to the Hunger Games set. According to the Cheers Oral History in this month’s issue of GQ, Woody was quite an interesting influence on his castmates when he joined the sitcom in 1985, when Cheers was in its fourth season, and he was an enthusiastic 24-year-old.
“I was very excited by this newfound ability to hang out with gals who probably wouldn’t have hung out with me before,” Harrelson told the magazine. “I became a party animal. You couldn’t do what I did now because of all the tweeting and Facebooking. All the sh– I did back then, I’d be hung from the rafters.”
Star Ted Danson in particular had a story that would have driven the Internet crazy, if it existed at the time. “I’ll tell you about the worst day of my life. Shelley [Long] and Rhea [Perlman] were carrying that week’s episode, and the guys were just, ‘Let’s play hooky,'” Danson recalled. “We’d never done anything wrong before. John [Ratzenberger] had a boat, so we met at Marina del Rey at 8 a.m. We all called in sick, and [exec producer] Jimmy [Burrows] caught on and was so pissed. Woody and I were already stoned, and Woody said, ‘You want to try some mushrooms?’ I’d never had them, so I’m handed this bag and I took a fistful. On our way to Catalina, we hit the tail end of a hurricane, and even people who were sober were getting sick. Woody and I thought we were going to die for three hours. I sat next to George [Wendt], and every sixty seconds or so he’d poke me and go, ‘Breathe.’ [gasp] And I’d come back to life.”
“I was a little worried about him,” Harrelson admitted. “It looked like his face was melting. I think I may have been freaking a little myself, but I had to be cool about it.”
Woody also got the reputation as a ladies’ man at the time. “It seems like he always had a new girl visiting the set,” Jackie Swanson, who played Woody’s girlfriend on the show, said. “I remember seeing, at different times, Moon Zappa, Ally Sheedy, Penelope Ann Miller, and Glenn Close. I don’t know that he was dating all of them. I did have a crush on him. Who didn’t? Even Jimmy did.”
Well, now we’re totally curious about what sort of shenanigans he still brings to his work — especially with fun ensemble casts like Catching Fire and the upcoming Seven Psychopaths.
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