This weekend on CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD, Lee Cowan interviews the actor Woody Harrelson near his home in Maui, Hawaii.
Once referred to as one the most under-appreciated actors of his generation, Harrelson managed to move beyond his role as the beloved bartender at Cheers to make almost 40 films, playing a variety of characters including his most recent, as the chain-smoking, racist cop in “Rampart.”
Cowan talks to Harrelson, a Vegan and raw food enthusiast, about his career, his relationship with his father – who died in prison in 2007 – and why he chose Hawaii as the place to raise his family.
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As he was getting his first big break on Broadway, another role – the chance to play a hapless bartender on “Cheers,” coincidentally also named Woody — came his way. Harrelson discusses:
LEE COWAN: “So, you had to choose basically between going into TV or staying on Broadway?”
WOODY HARRELSON: “Well, to me, it was a hard choice. I was thinking, you know, changing from my life from living in New York and doing theater – which is what I really wanted to be doing – to going to L.A., and I was like, ‘Well, I need to stay pure. I don’t wanna do television, I gotta stay pure and do theater.’”
COWAN: “So, what changed your mind?”
HARRELSON: “Every other person said, ‘Go do that frickin’ show, you idiot!’”
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