Woody Harrelson’s Real Life Is Weirder than Fiction

You have three daughters. What was your child-rearing philosophy?

For a long time, they’d come with me wherever I went. Then they got into a really good school, and that was the end of traveling everywhere with Daddy. It was kind of unfair to them and me. But on the other hand, I could have been working less.

At one point, you moved your family to Costa Rica.

That was in the mid to late ’90s, until I ran into Willie Nelson, and he’s like, “Hey, come on out to Maui.” The next thing you know, I’m moving to Maui.

Woody and Willie. I can only imagine.

You would love him. He’s maybe the greatest guy alive. When he’s there, I see him pretty much every day. He came out to do “Lost in London,” which was really nice.

That’s your live movie from January?

It was a wild concept. I had this horrifying, terrible night that started with my wife and I heading out to this club with a prince. We got in a taxi, and the next thing you know I’m getting into an argument with the taxi driver over some stupid stuff. An ashtray, actually. And then I leave the taxi, not on good terms, and he calls the cops. So I’m running from the cops.

And this really happened?

It really happened. And then I ended up in jail, so you can imagine I wanted to forget it, but I kept thinking about it. There’s something in this story — a guy who has it all but didn’t really see it until he’s threatened with losing it, and then this shot of redemption. In that sense, it’s kind of like one of my favorite movies with Jimmy Stewart, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I wish I were half the actor he is. I decided to make it my directing debut, and then I thought, geez, I can shoot this in real time. I live streamed it into three cinemas in London. It was 2 in the morning when we started, and they were packed.

In “War for the Planet of the Apes,” you play a colonel with a God complex. Some have cited a resemblance to the president.

Well, we shot this long before there was any notion that this guy was going to be president. Nobody could have imagined it back then. I wasn’t thinking of myself as a presidential deity. Can you imagine if God was like that? Just like a crass, vulgar, self-centered, narcissistic — I mean, my God.

You wear a major prosthetic in Rob Reiner’s coming “LBJ.” Did that help you buy into your own performance?

I went to the tippy-top of the prosthetics pyramid and got the best people. [The prosthetics]…

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