Woody Harrelson might cut an innocent-enough figure in those pyjamas he wore to a recent Hunger Games photocall, but when it comes to pranking, this self-proclaimed anarchist is a master of the dark arts.
According to the books, Haymitch’s ending is left somewhat open, but it’s not nearly as bad as it could have been. Their excellent performances, paired with the great writing and direction, saw the movie quickly become an acclaimed hit, and it even nabbed a few awards. But Woody Harrelson is not interested in pursuing the role of Haymitch any further. While his words might be disappointing for fans of the show, the actor probably has a point.
Director Francis Lawrence says Harrelson kept him at arm’s length when he signed on for the second installment of the four-part film series, replacing Gary Ross. Lawrence (no relation to series star Jennifer Lawrence) called up each cast member to introduce himself and give them his take on the material.
Harrelson nearly missed out on the chance to make some friends for life, however, after initially passing up the role of Katniss Everdeen’s mentor Haymitch Abernathy.
“I turned it down and they re-offered it and I turned it down again,” he says. “Then [the first film’s writer and director] Gary Ross called me and convinced me to do it on the phone. I’d thought the writing was good but it didn’t feel that much to do for me.”
“I don’t believe in government. In other words, I think we can all look after ourselves. You want some mechanism that controls the traffic, absolutely. But generally, what the government accomplishes, 99% ,” he says. “I look at government as businessmen working for bigger businessmen. There’s obvious things — don’t steal, the Ten Commandments. There’s what we call victimless crimes. In my opinion, if you don’t actually have a victim who’s a human being, someone who’s been hurt or their property has been hurt, there’s no crime.”