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.”
When we first saw a photo of this poster popping up around LA, our first thought was “Wow, we really would have pegged Woody Harrelson as a cat person.” But it’s clear from the flyer that this dude REALLY loves his dog. Psychotically so, it seems. “Who Stole My F#@king Shih Tzu!?” the poster passionately screams before launching into a long, rambling, manifesto-like rant about the “beautiful f#@king perfect dog” known as Bonny. The pooch apparently “has a heart bigger than a lion” and “lives only to love,” but was recently stolen “by some horrible, terrible piece of s#*t who doesn’t have an ounce of joy, or decency or kindness in them.” Ouch!
“Bonny (NOT Bonnie) has been a faithful companion, more loyal than any person ever could be,” the distraught owner continues in the text. “And has brought me peace and solace and joy in a world filled with filth and hatred and evil and hate and misery.” The message starts to become more and more unhinged, climaxing with “I LOVE HIM! I LOVE THIS F#@KING DOG MORE THAN MY GIRLFRIEND!” It was around this point that we started to wonder what the hell was going on with this thing, and we weren’t sure whether to laugh or cry. The plot thickened when we saw the mysterious name Charlie Costello in the contact information.
After some snooping, it all came together. The posters are part of a guerrilla promotional campaign for Harrelson’s new movie Seven Psychopaths, which made it’s debut at the Toronto film festival last weekend. In the movie, Woody’s character Charlie Costello gets his beloved dog stolen. So thankfully the real Woody Harrelson is not down a pet. But fans of the actor (or of dogs) have been going to the fictional Charlie Costello’s twitter page to get updates on Bonny, and band together in their love of shih tzus.