If you think Woody Harrelson is always stoned, guess again!
The longtime pro-marijuana activist is about as closely associated with pot as any star in Hollywood, but that perception may soon change. Harrelson, 55, revealed to Vulture that he quit smoking pot almost a year ago. “They think I’m a party animal, which… I am a party animal,” the “Hunger Games” star confessed when asked what misconceptions people have of him. “But on the other hand, I haven’t… I’m now extremely moderate and… I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago.”
Harrelson says that “30 solid years of just partying too f**king hard” has sort of messed with his head and made him less productive. Just because he quit, however, does not mean Harrelson has changed his stance on marijuana. “I don’t have a problem at all with smoking,” he said. “I think it’s great. I think it’s a great drug, in terms of… Even cops say that the side effect is euphoria.”
“But when you’re doing it all the time, it just becomes… I feel like it was keeping me from being emotionally available,” the actor continued with his Texas drawl.
The actor also talked about his upcoming movie “Wilson” in which a lonely, neurotic man, played by Harrelson, reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time. When asked what drew him to the film, Harelson made his reasons clear. “The most important thing is the director,” he explained. “The second most important thing? The director. [Laughs.] The third most important thing? The director. My god, if you don’t have a great director…”
He also reflected on his role in “Edge of Seventeen”, praising co-star Hailee Steinfield for her acting chops. “She’s a very young actress but I think she’s super f**king talented and I love how she can just take a long time before she does anything,” he said of her patience and dramatic timing. “It’s something I want to learn.”
“Wilson” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and hits theatres on Friday, March 24.