Woody Harrelson Opens Up About Foursomes, Police Brutality & Quitting Pot
Woody Harrelson is an esteemed actor who has appeared on some of the biggest hits around. From TV shows to movies, he’s had success at many things.
One thing he was not successful at, however, was having a foursome while he was in London. The 55-year-old opened up about several key moments in his life during an interview with THR.
“I went to this bar in London, and afterward these girls came up to me, these two girls, and asked me, ‘So you want to take a walk on the wild side?’ So I said, ‘I guess I do.’ And then I hopped in the car, and another girl I didn’t even know hopped in,” he revealed.
“We went to my place, and one of the girls was a razzi [paparazzi] or worked for them, worked for the rags. And she got a photographer to come out. That one girl manipulated the other two.”
Having a member of the paparazzi involved was a sure-fire way to cause some controversy for the star, and he was not impressed.
“I was bummed when they all left together ’cause I knew it was going to happen [an article]. News of the World, it was. I never read it ’cause I didn’t want to read it.”
Who would want to read an article about themselves apparently getting jiggy with three women? At the time, Woody was in a very serious relationship with a woman who later became his wife.
“I’m not sure how [his now-wife] Laura found out, but she did. I was kind of hoping she wouldn’t see it. I can’t remember the details; I’ve doubtless repressed it.”
What Woody needs to know is that nothing is ever kept on the down low in the celebrity world, so there was no chance he was going to avoid the news becoming common knowledge.
“She never saw the thing. But someone told her. Laura — this really gives you a sense of the depth of her compassion — what she said to me after finding out was, ‘That must be really hard for you, to have this shit exposed.’ She just said that. Now that doesn’t mean she wasn’t upset.”
“How did I apologize? You know, just your standard Texan grovel. But she forgave me, and we’re still together.”
We’re sure Woody promised to never do it again, and stuff. That’s the standard response when you’re caught in a situation of that caliber.
Foursomes aside, the actor even opened up about his first time being arrested and all of the drama that ensued from that incident.
“My first arrest, the police were really brutal,” he began.
“I was 20 or 21, and I was jaywalking, me and a friend, and this cop flags us over, asks to see our ID. My friend showed his ID, but I said, ‘I don’t have my ID,’ which I did, of course,” confirming suspicions that Woody was a cheeky youngster.
“And he says, ‘Have you been out to some of these bars? Then you had to have an ID to get in.’ I go, ‘Oh, good point.’ So I pull it out, and as I pull it out, he goes, “Don’t lie to me again, punk!”
The officer did not take too kindly to being lied to and reacted in violence to the whole situation, and that’s when the ordeal took a rather dark turn.
“And then he grabbed me, smashed me against the wall a couple of times.”
“I knocked his hands off, pushed him away and started running. And that was the beginning of a real dire episode. He put out an officer-in-distress signal, and soon I’m just surrounded by blue, and they had me down on the ground, knee in my throat.”
Harrelson felt like the whole ordeal was crazy, and did not like the way he was being handled.
“It was so brutal, the way they were handling me. A bunch of students gathered around and were complaining to the cops, and the cops were vicious to them, too.”
“Then they threw me in a paddy wagon, and I’m handcuffed behind my back, and I asked one of the cops, “Why are you treating me like this?” And he slammed my head against the van.”
However, there was a glimmer of hope when the van made a stop for someone else.
“They stopped to pick up this other poor bastard peeing on the sidewalk, and when they opened those back doors, I just shot out of there.”
“They maced the f*ck out of me. And when they mace you, you’re done, that’s the end of the story. So yeah, I went to jail, they rough you up a little more, and before it was over, they had six counts against me.”
Yes, this is a cautionary tale about being snarky with officers of the law. Don’t do it.
Woody also opened up about his decision to kick pot out of his life for good. He was candid about the reasons surrounding the decision.
“I stopped smoking pot [14 months ago]. I had some weird reaction, which I looked up later, and it was adrenal exhaustion. I still drink, but I try just to drink on weekends.”
“I mostly just drink wine now, but a few years ago I got into cognac for a while — you know, I’d do shots. I’m a happy drunk, but sometimes I drink to the point where I’m not really thinking very clearly.”
Changing your lifestyle is a difficult task, but Woody knew he needed to change some things up.
“And one of the bad things about celebrity — there’s a lot of positives, but one of the bad things is everybody wants to have a shot with you.”
“It’s dangerous to go into a regular bar because I can end up doing a lot of shots, depending on the charity of the [other people].”
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