Five Favorite Films with Woody Harrelson

The Hunger Games star also discusses hijinks on the set and his aversion to movie franchises.

Woody Harrelson is no stranger to eccentric characters; he's played serial killers, pornographers, vigilante superheroes, and stoic zombie hunters. In The Hunger Games, he's Haymitch Abernathy, an alcoholic former Hunger Games winner who mentors two young participants in the fine art of gladiatorial survival. In an interview with RT, the Oscar-nominated actor shared his favorite movies, and discussed his aversion to movie franchises and hi-jinks on the set of Hunger Games.

Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg, 1967; 100% Tomatometer)

Probably my favorite is Cool Hand Luke. That's kind of been my favorite for a while. I just love that movie.

It's funny because Josh Hutcherson also said Cool Hand Luke is one of his favorites.

Oh, he did? Yeah, I think he's got good taste.

Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971; 85% Tomatometer)

And then, probably Harold and Maude. I just think it's this beautiful, complex love story between this kid and a much older lady. Just the performances, the direction... I don't know, definitely one of the great movies. It's wonderful, funny, emotional.

The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967; 87% Tomatometer)

Then The Graduate. It's just one of the greatest comedies of all time. The way Dustin Hoffman is... You know, I guess that was his first big break and he just blew me away when I first saw that. Extraordinary performance, and you know, Mike Nichols. Just amazing, the way it's shot; it's just absolutely beautiful. And also, an incredible, quirky kind of love story.

The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel-Donnersmarck, 2006; 93% Tomatometer)

And then I love The Lives of Others. That's just a powerful, riveting movie.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman, 1975; 96% Tomatometer)

And I'd put One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest on the list. I think it's one of the great performances of Jack Nicholson. And also, kind of being up against the system, and trying to fight the system, the power structures that exist around him, and his fight for integrity and to bring some positivity to the other... I guess you'd call them inmates, in a sense, in the loony bin. I mean, to me, it's just some of the best acting and some of the most inspiring -- you know, with Milos Forman at the helm -- one of the most inspiring stories.

Next, Harelson talks about hijinks on the set and his aversion to movie franchises.


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