Woody Harrelson plans to live on an island and starve himself for 40 days

Woody Harrelson is one of those guys that does crazy things just to do them. And that’s generally okay, it’s his life. He’s made the free-spirited, anything-goes lifestyle work for him – but now Harrelson says he’s planning on taking the quirkiness up a notch. Apparently he wasn’t satisfied doing unusual things like skinny dipping with Owen Wilson, making an interviewer wait 40 minutes while he searched for an organic toothbrush, or using a machete to chop up a coconut for making drinks at a Superbowl party. In fact Woody is planning on shunning coconuts – and all food – for 40 days while banishing himself to a remote island.

Woody Harrelson plans to live on a remote island and eat nothing for 40 days – to see how the experience affects his brain.

The actor, 46, will go ahead with the experiment as soon as he gets a break in his work schedule.

‘I’ve always wanted to do it,’ he says.

‘I know it’s going to be really hard. But can you imagine it? Eating nothing for 40 days? Swimming and surfing every day in a remote place? Where does the mind go?’

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Where does the mind go? Look I’m all for free-wheeling, alternative lifestyles. But there are a few people that really shouldn’t push their minds to go too far. Who shouldn’t take for granted that they’ll always have their minds and their sanity. I think it’s safe to say that there’s a good chance Woody Harrelson is one of those people. I would just tread lightly, in terms of pushing the mental stability to the farthest limits Woody. That said, no one can work the crazy like Woody Harrelson. I just think he should maybe bring a little bit of beef jerky and some mood stabilizers, just in case.

Woody Harrelson is shown at the Partouche Charity Poker Tournament in Cannes on 5/17/08, thanks to WENN.

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  1. Rachel says:

    hey if he wants to do it, whose he hurting?
    go for it

  2. geronimo says:

    Can understand him wanting to do this – as a challenge to test himself and his endurance – but why no food? Why does he need to starve himself? And when he’s delusional with hunger, he’ll miss the experience so it’s kind of counter-productive.

    Where does the mind go? Mad, Woody, that’s where.

  3. Megan says:

    I think he should just find food, like take none with him, but like live as a ‘castaway’ for 40 days, see if he can find food and live off the island. That would be better than just like not eating for 40 days straight.

  4. andyrich says:

    er, guys!! …. it’s called fast!!!
    Many people do it, I’ve done and you feel great.
    And who was it who went into the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights to fast???? Do you read your bible?

  5. vdantev says:

    Got nothing bad to say about Woody. I’ve enjoyed everything he’s done on TV and in film. Well, I hope he stays hydrated during that period, because otherwise we’re going to be reading his obituary shortly. He doesn’t have the fat mass to last long, when he comes back ( or if he comes back) he’ll be skin and bones.

  6. Andrea says:

    Andyrich: yes, many people fast; but I haven’t met any that have done it for 40 days! And I think most people won’t go around comparing their fasting capabilities with those of Jesus.

  7. AC says:

    yeah and in the bible he went 40 daya dn 40 nights without food … and hallusinated…

  8. Kevin says:

    Woody if you are on that island fasting but still smoking dope,,,,your gonna be really hungry! Better bring something to drink or your gonna have killer cotton mouth.

  9. Bodhi says:

    I say go for it! Out of all of the wackadoos running around Hollywood, I think Woody is on the bottom of the list of ones to worry about.

    He is definately very different from the vast majority of entertainers and I think its a great thing & I don’t think his sanity is in question

  10. Lauri says:

    What an idiot.

  11. Leandra says:

    He is a great guy, always for the environment. Good luck with your fast Woody!

  12. Budwize says:

    Fasting is safe. I went on a fast for 53 days with just distilled water and eliminated many ailments. Obviously the mainstream medical profession has us believing it is insane to do this. The fact is that fasting allows the body to eliminate all forms of toxins. After 3 days of no food, the body goes into a state known as autolysis. Digestion ceases and the elimination begins. Your body also tells you when to end the fast. So if Woody’s body needs to end it sooner, his natural hunger will return. Don’t take my word for it-go read the hundreds of books out there on the subject (Herbert M. Shelton is the best). Quit letting doctors lecture you on nutrition which they know nothing about.

  13. Lauri says:

    Sorry, Budwize. You are quite mistaken when you say MD’s “know nothing about” the damage you can do to your body by fasting. I work for a medical school and I know for a fact they are trained extensively, much more so than reading a few pseudoscientific books on the topic.

    Going on a fast for such a long time can very easily do irreversible damage to his body.

    I find it very hard to believe you lived on nothing but water for 53 days. That just sounds false to me.

  14. Devilgirl says:

    He wants to see how 40 days of no food will affect his mind? It may actually improve his thinking, as he isn’t exactly the poster child for rational and clear thinking to begin with!

  15. Budwize says:

    I won’t take that as an insult because I understand why you feel that way. The fact that you work for a medical school speaks volumes. The “Science” that is taught to students there is basically how to identify symptoms” and associate treatments ie; “drugs” to cure the ailment. By their own admission doctors aren’t taught about nutrition. As far as the 53 days, that is hardly a record. You need to wander away from your comfort zone (believing whatever the medical profession dictates) and read the facts about fasting. It is far from a Pseudo Science and has been documented for the past 150 years. Doctors are great-if I get hit by a bus don’t take me to a homeopathic healer. However, when it comes to our health we need to take responsibility for it, not ignore all the facts because a guy with 4 years of “medical” training says we should.

  16. Bodhi says:

    Fasting has been a part of almost every religion known to man. Its benefits for both mind & body have been very widely documented for hundreds & hundreds of years.

  17. Silly Lilly says:

    sigh…does anyone NOT learn from the unfortunate experience of Heath Ledger? Heath went deep into research of a reclusive lunatic for The Joker (well documented) and it never really left him. I just do not think any movie is worth this especially with the jaded public we have become. We won’t like it any more or less based on “research” and just makes these overpaid “actors” even more odd to us. On his salary, he could feed an entire neighborhood often. Going without food? Ridiculous.

  18. andyrich says:

    Hey Andrea …

    I wasn’t comparing Woody’s (or my) fasting capabilities with JC … and I never ever would. I was only trying to make the point that many, many people fast for health, spiritual, emotional reasons, be it you, me, a Buddhist, or whoever.

    If he’s not eating for 40 days, then he’ll certainly be drinking water – copious amounts of it – and he may be doing a ‘juice fast’ which means that he’ll be drinking vegetable / fruit juice everyday for nourishment. However, the article here is not informed / specific enough to give us these details. Furthermore, due to the intense detoxification process, he’ll almost certainly be doing self-administered enemas to flush the toxins out of his body.

    I fast every year, and it isn’t always easy, but it is not only an amazing physical and spiritual experience – it leaves you feeling simply quite **++**! (out of this world) I’m off on my next fast / detox in 10 days! – Yay!

    This isn’t something for the lighthearted and is a real challenge in every sense of the word. We should all give Woody our love and best wishes – his endeavors will help to both lighten and enlighten himself and our planet.

    Wishing you the very best.

    andyrich 😀

  19. rags says:

    i like him. he’s a cool pothead, but that’s stupid. i agree with laurie.
    i hope they don’t just find him floating.. 😥

  20. kate says:

    i adore him. good luck woody!

  21. ellice says:

    I believe Buddha fasted for 49 days (or 7 weeks). So, if Woody is anything like Siddhattha Gotama, he should be fine.

  22. Kat says:

    You think he is crazy now, just wait until after 40 days of fasting.

  23. I am LOL@ellice….but then he maybe he does water fasting for 7-8 days several times a year that we are not aware of…there is too much info we aren’t being told…but veg juice or any juice is food. If it is 40 days of distilled water that he has in mind I can only pray that he does not go alone and lets people know EXACTLY where he is. Most of the people that have talked about their own experiences at fasting here today aren’t just everyday people who suddenly decide to go on a long water fast and get great joy out of it in every way. I would bet their living/eating habits are generally not the norm. Most people can’t go 2 days without eating anything without experiencing a lot of mental/physical anxiety. My prayers go with him if he attempts this alone.

  24. He is trying to become an breatharian – someone who lives without any food…I’m also a breatharian and I’m actually in touch with Woody, giving him advice…see my weblog…

  25. ali says:

    Who gives a shit?

  26. sugababe says:

    Do we always have to have a bad opinion about what people choose to do with their lives, it’s Woody’s life, let him live it and all of you that have nothing good to say, get a life………..

  27. Alex says:

    I think his raw vegan is great – I did it for 3 months – it was the best 3 months of my life – going to do it after I get out of school and can afford it. His fast will be fine except for the fact that he will be surfing. If he wasn’t exerting so much for 40 days he’d be fine, but 40 days with surfing is going to take its toll. I mean surfing for a whole day burns so many calories that he won’t have the energy stored to support it. You can have the energy to support sitting/walking for 40 days, but not much more in my opinion.