Woody Harrelson On Playing Haymitch In ‘The Hunger Games’
Woody Harrelson plays a corrupt policemen in his latest movie ‘Rampart’. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Woody Harrelson chats about ‘Rampart’ as well as playing the drunk Haymitch in ‘The Hunger Games’.
You seem like such a laid-back guy. Why do find yourself attracted to playing these short-tempered, on-edge characters?
They’re a lot more interesting to play than a guy that’s got his s— together. And I’m one of them. Remember that and mark that down!
Your character in Rampart drinks quite a bit, and now you’ve just finished playing another drunk, Haymitch, in The Hunger Games.
Honestly, I felt like there was a little too much sobriety. We’ll see how it all comes together. But there is some drunkenness.
Woody Harrelson also chatted with New York Magazine and revealed his brother was the one who inspired the look for Haymitch in ‘The Hunger Games’.
“I saw my brother when I was trying to come up with the best look, and that’s my brother’s hair, you know. I mean, not literally,” he laughed, “but that’s his look. So yeah, I thought, That’s perfect.”
Interestingly, Woody Harrelson has also revealed he had in fact read the entire ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy and his children had done so too.
“I really liked the books. I couldn’t put them down when I was reading them, and now my kids have read them, too, and everybody’s into it.”
In another interview with MTV, Woody Harrelson proceeds on to spill a little on the visuals for ‘The Hunger Games’ movie as well as working with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.
“The hair, when I was thinking about what to do for the character, I hung out with my brother Brett, and that is exactly the way his hair is,” Harrelson explained of how the long, slightly shaggy hairdo came to be. “I was like, ‘OK, let’s get a wig. Let’s do the Brett Harrelson hair.’ It’s kind of cool. I really liked the look. It’s a fun character, and I think it’s going to be a good movie.”
We asked Harrelson how closely he resembles the alcoholic, unkempt, out-of-shape former champion, as described by author Suzanne Collins in the books — like, for example, if he wore a fat suit or gained a bit of weight.
“No, I didn’t want to do the paunch,” Harrelson revealed. “In many ways, I tried to go against this rough, old, typical concept of what he would be like. I don’t know yet that I succeeded, but I think it turned out good,” he said. “I loved working with Gary Ross. I think he is just a great director, an amazing guy.”
With regard to the look and feel of the big-screen adaptation, Harrelson called the visuals “staggering.”
“It’s almost impossible to describe, it’s so unusual. Even ice in the glass, even the glasses are not normal glasses. There’s nothing that you’ve seen before. It’s real original artistic vision,” he said. “I think people are going to like it.”
One of the things Harrelson liked — in addition to Haymitch, of course — was working with his young co-stars, particularly Lawrence and Hutcherson.
“I think they’re just marvelous actors. I think they just knocked it out of the park,” he gushed. “Just as people, [they are] about as fun as it gets. They really are fun folks. It’s cool, because I’ve never even done a sequel, and I just signed on to four movies, so we’re going to be spending a lot of time together between doing the movies and press and everything, so it’s great to love these guys.
“Having done this first one, I can say I do look forward to doing the next one,” he added. “It wasn’t a chore. It was actually the opposite; it was a lot of fun. They managed to mix business and pleasure really well, that whole group. I’d say we get after it again next year.”
Posted on November 4, 2011, in The Hunger Games Movie and tagged Entertainment Weekly, EW, Gary Ross, Haymitch Abernathy, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Katniss Everdeen, MTV, New York Magazine, Peeta Mellark, The Hunger Games, Woody Harrelson. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.