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.”
This is weird, right? Ted Danson and Morgan Freeman have like, the exact same beard. Sure, Danson’s is more goatee-ey, but it’s as if this picture serves as a symbol to tell the world “Look, everyone: despite our obvious differences, deep down we’re all the same. Look at us – we’re two men of difference races and yet be have the ability to grow the same facial hair. And not only that, we both care about the ocean. And eyewear. And saying yes to every project we’re offered these days. But mostly the beards. ”
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Not again. For the second time in two days, I find myself trying to reason with a Hollywood star in order to prevent a potentially disastrous third movie from ruining a previously successful franchise. Yesterday, I tried to reason with Sarah Jessica Parker, who would like to do a third Sex And The City film which I can’t condone, having lost $12.50 and a little bit of my dignity to SaTC:2 this weekend. Today’s installment comes courtesy of Tom Selleck, who confirmed that there is a script floating around for a new Three Men And A Baby film, which would likely be called Three Men And A Bride. Selleck says he and both of his co-stars, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg, have checked their schedules in the hopes that they will all be able to make another sequel to the film that cemented their status as Hollywood Hotties Of 1988. (And you KNOW you had a favorite. Personally, mine was Magnum, P.I. himself, but Sam Malone was a close second. Obviously Steve Guttenberg was no one’s favorite.) But really, there are so many reasons why this shouldn’t happen.
1. It is 2010. When the first sequel, Three Men And A Little Lady, was released in 1990, it already felt like the magic was gone from the first film. What makes you think an extra twenty years will help? And who are you marketing the film to, thirty-somethings who loved the original movie when they were in middle school? Do tweens today even know who these actors are? The statute of limitations has passed for another movie – see the first three Star Wars prequels and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull for further evidence that this is never a good idea.
2. The first film was so awesomely 80s, updating it would make it lose some of its charm. What are they going to do, give us an M.I.A. remix of Miami Sound Machine‘s “Bad Boys” while the men throw an artisanal beer and cheese party at their Hamptons estate? (Because they all still live together…which brings us to point #3).
3. Three successful New York bachelors sharing a townhouse together. Really? That doesn’t happen. Not in the 80s, and not now. And there’s no way you can recreate the magic of the mural of the three men that was painted inside their apartment. And then a stranger (in the form of Nancy Travis with a British accent) drops off a baby and they don’t call child protective services or sue her? There were a lot of things that audiences in the 80s were willing to overlook, but nowadays, this scenario is just too weird to ignore.
The only possible way we will see this film is if it turns out that the creepy dead kid in the window is the groom who is getting married to the titular Baby/Little Lady/Bride. If that’s not the case (and you’re welcome, Disney, I just wrote that movie for you), I’ll be staying at home and watching my other favorite Nancy Travis movie, So I Married An Axe Murderer.
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