Dudes. Disney sent me to Los Angeles to cover the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story, so thank them for this awesome coverage.
I’m clearly the only person on earth that thought Woody Harrelson was going to be not the nicest person on Earth, because people keep asking me if he was the nicest person on Earth.
The answer is: Yes, Woody Harrelson is the nicest person on Earth.
I’m always taken aback when a movie star is super down to Earth, humble, and grateful for their position in life. It’s why I was so enamored with Paul Bettany when we met him. It’s why I wanted to give Woody Harrelson a giant hug and tell me what his favorite str. . . . never mind. I just wanted to know how he’s so chill all the time!
Woody came to us in linen pajama pants with a big smile on his face and an energy that can only be described as fun, open, and approachable.
He seemed to get lost in thought sometimes, and we were all just hanging on every pause to see what he would say next.
On this particular press junket, there were 24 women and one man, Andrew from Ask Daddy, Mommy’s Busy. Woody noticed immediately and hilariously made a comment about it before we started our conversation.
Have you guys noticed that if you were go to around this table and say ‘What looks different?’
We laughed like crazy. Andrew said, “1 dad, 24 blogger moms? Come on!”
Woody told Andrew he wanted HIS job and that it looked like fun. And it is! Exhausting, but fun.
Woody had planned on going home to Hawaii after directing the film he wrote, “Lost in London”, but wound up being asked to do Solo: A Star Wars Story.
He initially turned the role down!
I thought ‘Well, I was planning on going home, but let’s talk!’ I felt like my family was tired of being told ‘I’m definitely done after this’ so I was scared.
After meeting with them, I did decide not to do it [Solo].
Alli Shearmur, who is an incredible lady who unfortunately passed shortly after we finished shooting would not take no for an answer.
The no wasn’t about being involved in this, it was because I said that I was going to take time off from acting.
He IS actually going to take time off from acting as soon as the press tour for Solo: A Star Wars Story is over.
I’m going to spend a lot of the time in Europe and probably wind my way back to Maui in August.
Woody Harrelson hasn’t thought about what his legacy is going to be. He’s not dead yet, why should he?
Hopefully it’s a smiling type of legacy instead of a frowning type of legacy. Jesus, this question! I haven’t even thought of having a legacy, now I have to think what kind of legacy! I do prefer comedy even though I’ve gotten into a drama bubble. Hopefully people will think of me and laugh.
It sounds like I’m dead!
Tobias Beckett is different from other characters Woody has played for one reason, and one reason ONLY!
Well, I’ve played other scoundrels before, thieves. But none in space!
Woody Harrelson has some tough love mentors including the Joker himself!
I’d say Jack Nicholson was a mentor to some degree. He lives not far from where I have a place in L.A. I would go over quite a bit to his place to sit and reason. He has given me lots of cool advice.
Our group wanted to know how Woody Harrelson stays so happy all the time and how we could replicate the same joy in our lives.
I do feel like a pretty genuinely happy person. I think part of it is just gratitude. I’m very grateful for the life I have. All of us who do movies, we’re breathing a bit of a rarified air and I feel very lucky because there was a point in which I kind of gave up early on. I hadn’t landed a job yet and I just thought I couldn’t do it. I didn’t know how to crack it.
But, yeah. Gratitude. That’s my life hack.
How does Woody Harrelson relate to his character in Solo: A Star Wars Story?
In some ways, Tobias Beckett is complicated in the sense that he’s not always as chummy as he could be, but he’s a survivor.
My feelings about Alden Ehrenreich were somewhat biased since I’m an honorary member of the Eherenreich family, but I loved hearing that Woody also thinks he’s a real stand-up guy.
Love Alden. Awesome, awesome guy. He’s a really hard worker. There would be these humongous sets, then there would be these little cloth rooms where you might have a chair or something to lay down on, like a cubicle. His was next to mine. He’d be in there taking piano lessons, reading novels. I’d be over there playing speed chess online screaming the F word.
I really admire his work ethic. The way he cultivates himself as a human, he’s an extraordinary guy. He’s not a silly, dopy party animal like some actors coming up or like I was coming up.
As highly as he thinks of him, he hasn’t exactly been a mentor to Alden.
I think I’m a great example of what not to do. Great example. I think I’ve done well as that kind of model for Alden.
Some serious mucous, acne, and a chance encounter on a bus many years ago led Woody to become a vegan
I was on a bus somewhere and sat down next to this gal. I don’t really remember much of the specifics of when I first sat down other than I probably was hoping we could talk. I was about 23.
I had a lot of acne and a lot of mucus and I was blowing my nose, not the most attractive Woody. It wasn’t the presentation you’d want from your dream guy. She looks at me and says, not ‘Hello’ or ‘How are you’, just ‘You’re lactose intolerant’.
I said, ‘WHAT?’
She told me I had to stop dairy and that within three days all the symptoms would go away.
I told her I had had that as long as I could remember and nobody could help me, and you’re telling me three days and it’s gone?
Even cows don’t consume milk. Most people cannot take it in. Something about the way she communicated, I believed her.
I didn’t have dairy for three days and BOOM, my skin cleared up, I stopped constantly blowing my nose. That was the beginning of a real evolution for me. I started thinking, ‘If they’re telling you milk does a body good and it doesn’t really do a body good, what else is not true? Do you need meat for protein? How do gorillas and horses do it?’ That started the ball rolling.
I read a book by Arnold Ahret called “The Mucusless Diet” that Jack Nicholson had actually told me about. It had so much great information. He has an unusual style of writing but I quite like it.
If he could be any character in the original Star Wars films, who would Woody be?
Who wouldn’t want to be Solo, man?
But also, the character was written really well and Lucas created these great characters, but what Harrison brought to it and what Alden is now bringing to it made that character so fun and so funny.