Woody Harrelson tries to convince daughters zombies are cooler than vampires

Woody Harrelson stars in the new supernatural comedy Zombieland, out in the US tomorrow, October 2. I watched a couple trailers on YouTube, and laughed out loud several times. It looks like good gory fun. Harrelson plays a renegade zombie killer in a role that’s reminiscent of his killer-for-hire in No Country for Old Men. The film also stars newcomer Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland) as Harrelson’s young sidekick.

Harrelson is now promoting the film and has granted several interviews explaining that a horror movie is a departure for him, and that he initially wasn’t open to it. When he read the script and saw the excellent character development, he was sold. The director and writers primarily have just television credits, so Harrleson had to take a leap of faith based on the quality of the story.

My favorite interview with Harrelson is with Parade Magazine as it’s a little more personal. He briefly touches on his issue with anger management (he’s attacked paparazzi in at least two incidents) and explains that he strives to be a pacifist despite it all. Harrelson also makes the amusing observation that zombies are good for the environment because they take care of the biggest polluters. He explains that he’s trying to convince his daughters to step away from the Twilight vampires and check out zombies. Zombies are never going to seem like suitable boyfriends, so he’s going to have a tough battle there. Harrelson has three daughters with his wife, Laura Louie: Deni, 16, Zoe, 13, and Makani, 3.

On considering himself a pacifist
“I’m a pacifist. I really don’t like killing even zombies. I’m a peaceable guy. I just hang out in my bathing suit in Maui and spend a lot of time in the ocean with my kids and surf and stuff. I’m a good worker, hard worker, but a world-class vacationer. Before I started making films again, I took a five-year hiatus just being a bum in Maui and I loved it. But, unfortunately, I had to go back to work.”

On his reputation for violence and belief in past lives
“I think I probably went through some bad s— in my past lives or something. I certainly don’t doubt that past lives exist. Everything leads you to believe that. I’ve had to struggle to come to terms with things like violence and my own sexuality. It’s like those things are in a bag that you carry behind you and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Sooner or later you have to deal with that bag.”

On trying to get his daughters interested in zombies
“They’re into Twilight, so this is a real opportunity for me, as a parent, to try to get them more into zombies and away from vampires. But seriously, it’s hard to be objective but I think I am a pretty good daddy. That’s what I am told anyway. I am very understanding with my kids. There’s nothing they could do that I haven’t done. I like to see them do their thing and I don’t like to tell them do this and do that, give advice. I am not the one to give advice. They advise me. In fact they teach me. I try to be just a good friend to my kids.”

On the advantages of fame
“When fame came in my direction it was a little bit challenging owing to the fact that I was kind of shy when I was younger, through high school and even into college. I was also very religious and I didn’t really care a lot about getting attention. But when I became famous and rich I went to a bit of an extreme. I decided I wanted to experience everything. In a sense, I have no regrets because it shapes who you are. Fame wasted on the famous? I don’t know. I still don’t really understand fame. It has its ups and downs but it seems mostly up. As they say, you can always get a good table at a restaurant.”

[From Parade]

Woody isn’t my favorite person, and sometimes it seems like he can’t get out of the way of his own ego like a lot of other celebrities, but I like how he’s kind of mentioning his issues here and being honest about them. He also seems very committed to his family and to the causes he believes in. No matter how I personally feel about the guy, I find his acting superb and it looks like he really shines in this film. I hope it’s a hit.

Here’s a segment from Woody’s interview with Parade in which he explains how fearless his 13 year-old daughter is:
And the trailer for Zombieland, which is now rated R

Photos are from the LA, Chicago and NY premieres of Zombieland on 9/22, 9/28 and 9/30/09. Credit: WENN.com

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  1. Ash says:

    I watched Jesse Eisenberg on Conan last night. He’s got to be the most socially awkward and nervous kid. But it was all very refreshing. He was adorable,funny and honest.

  2. Bodhi says:

    I LOVE Woody!

  3. fizXgirl314 says:

    Im not into this whole twilight craze (or any craze for that matter) but vampires are DEFINITELY cooler than zombies…

    also, he should try to be more a parent to his kids than a friend… i’m sure they have lots of friends :/

  4. Bellatrix says:

    Woody + the amazingly talented Jesse Eisenberg (who is so nervous when not acting as Ash mentioned it…) + Abigail Breslin + an amazing cameo (that I will not spoil for those who want to be surprised but do NOT watch the film credits online or you’ll find out) + zombies = close to perfection… (for a non artsy fartsy indie flick)

    Just saying… :-)

  5. fizXgirl314 says:

    the ads for this really do seem funny… harrelson has good comedic timing…

  6. Eileen Yover says:

    I like Woody-he seems to choose projects that are different from the previous and I loved him on Will & Grace. He doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously and has fun with it.

  7. cara says:

    I remember when Natural Born Killer’s was coming out and I was a naysayer saying, “I just can’t pic Woody as anything other then his Cheers character”…..well suffice to say, the homeboy blew me away.

    I didn’t really get the whole oxygen bar thing, but I have to say, I adore this guy. And I will def get over my movie theater germ thing to take the kids to see Zombieland. Now, THAT is a rarity for me!!! LOL

  8. hatsumomo says:

    I cant wait to see it!!!! EEEEee!!! I love a good zombie bashing movie!
    but then, I just love zombie/horror/comedy anyways! I loved Dead Alive, and everything George Romero. And the online game Left 4 Dead! Any one play? I play under Hatsumomo. And I generally kick ass if I do say so myself.

  9. fizXgirl314 says:

    this guy really does sound like the biggest lazy bum on this planet though… 4 years of hanging out on the beach and he still didn’t get sick of it? I mean I love hanging out and having fun, but I need some purpose in my life… two weeks without work and I am ready to go back!

    but then, I love my job soo… :/

  10. orion70 says:

    I’m team zombie. Probably more in the comedic sense, like Shaun of the Dead, and zombie fiction like World War Z , rather than extreme gore-fests. (I’m a weenie).

    I’m somewhat interested in Zombieland, but it doesn’t seem right to me that the zombies are so damn fast. Zombies aren’t supposed to run.

    I read something the other day on Bizarro that talked about vegetarian/vegan zombies calling out for grains instead of brains…pretty funny, and would fit Woody.

  11. JaundiceMachine says:

    So stoked to see this movie – and so pumped to see my fellow hippie Woody actively support the undead!

    Team Zed since ’95!