POP CULTURE and GREEN STYLE

Friday, March 23, 2007

A Famous Raw Foodist With a Checkered Past

Movie star Woody Harrelson is a raw foodist and environmental activist. I met him a few years ago at the Sarasota Film Festival, where I told him about my online magazine, www.RawFoodsNewsMagazine.com, and tried to set up an interview with him--but he dissed me. His convicted murderer father died last week and the following profile of Woody explains a lot about the paradox of his life.

Here's a small excerpt from this fascinating article:

Woody Harrelson is, by his own admission, a wild and crazy guy. On the one hand, he is a bleeding-heart Hollywood liberal straight out of central casting: a vegan, a peace activist, a warrior for the environment and an agitator for the decriminalisation of marijuana. On the other hand, he has quite a temper and a track record of drinking and brawling.

During one stint on the London stage five years ago, he got into a shouting match with a taxi driver, ripped out an ashtray and smashed the door to override the central-locking system. (Charges were dropped after he agreed to pay for the damage.) Last year, he grabbed a paparazzo by the neck outside a Hollywood nightclub and, according to a subsequent complaint, broke the viewfinder on his camera.


Just a couple of weeks ago, he got into a fight with a bouncer at a trendy watering hole in Venice, California, after he was told he could not leave the premises with a glass of wine in his hand. Two traffic cops writing a parking ticket on the other side of the street slapped him in handcuffs, but eventually let him go with a warning after it became clear he had damaged himself more than the bouncer. (He cut his hand on a broken wine glass.)

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swetepi said...

I SAW HIM ON BROADWAY A FEW YEARS AGO. MY SEAT WAS FRONT ROW AND CENTER. HIS TOE NAILS WERE JAGGERED AND DIRTY. IDOUBT THAT WAS PART OF HIS CHARACTER HE WAS PLAYING. ALSO WHEN IN SARASOTA FOR THE SHOOTING OF A FILM, I HAPPEN TO KNOW OF PEOPLE HE HUNG WITH. NOT WHAT YOU CALL CLASSY.

Anonymous said...

He probably hung out with more interesting people, swetepi. Plus, what's with the class thing. People are people whatever their background.

sketchgrrl said...

I wish Anonymous would identify him- or herself.

As for Woody's friends, he has at least one friend who I consider to be top-notch, Mr. Owen Wilson! (sigh)

Swetepi, that is so cool that you had such great seats! What was the play? Was it a good play?